Our Dancing Cast Wish List!
Why she should dance: Like her former Cheetah Girl colleague Sabrina Bryan, Disney Channel star Raven-Symone has the moves to go far in the dance competition. And the That's So Raven actress has embraced her "thick and fabulous body," making her a role model – and someone to root for!
Dream pro partner: Alec Mazo
Occupation: TV host
Why he should dance: The lovable Reege is TV gold: He's hosted the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the reality competition America's Got Talent, in addition to his Live! duties. When asked if he'd ever join DWTS, Philbin reportedly once joked, "How many times do I have to save the network?"
Dream pro partner: Kym Johnson
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
Occupation: TV host
Why she should dance: As Philbin's former perky Live! sidekick for 15 years, who wouldn't want to see the morning pair reunite – on primetime! – and go head-to-head on the parquet!
Dream pro partner: Tony Dovolani
Why he should dance: Playing America Ferrera's musically inclined nephew Justin Suarez on Ugly Betty, Indelicato already has dancing on the brain: In a recent episode, his character auditioned for a role in Broadway's Billy Elliot.
Dream pro partner: Lacey Schwimmer
MELISSA JOAN HART
Why she should dance: It's time to end her boycott! Hart has said she doesn't watch DWTS anymore after failed attempts to get on past seasons. But with her second son Braydon turning 1 in March, now's the perfect time for the former teen star to call a truce and show us her body after baby.
Dream pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Occupation: Soap star
Why he should dance: He's the original triple threat: He acts, he sings (remember his hit "All I Need"?) and he's an amateur golfer good enough to have once considered a career in the pros. So why not dance? Frisco on the parquet is all we need to turn up the heat this season.
Dream pro partner: Julianne Hough
Occupation: TV and radio host
Why she should dance: The Rachel Maddow Show broke ratings records when it debuted on MSNBC, making its host the It girl of cable news. And if she's as quick on her feet as she is with words, Maddow – who "dresses like a first-grader," according to her Web site – would be a fierce competitor (and a fun makeover) in the ballroom.
Dream pro partner: Derek Hough
Occupation: Figure skater
Why he should dance: The three-time U.S. champ and star of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, could follow in Kristi Yamaguchi's quick steps and bring a dazzling dose of drama to the ballroom. Plus, he's not afraid of a little glitter ... or a lot of glitter.
Dream pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Why she should dance: The best-selling author of more than 70 juicy books should step away from her 1946 Olympia manual typewriter and do a little field research. Some of our time's greatest romances have started in the ballroom: Karina and Maks, Shannon and Derek, Mark and Sabrina! That's already three novels in the making.
Dream pro partner: Corky Ballas
Why he should dance: There's talk that the funnyman already may be headed to ABC in a new sitcom – but first the former Full House star should add some cheeky laughs to the ballroom, just as Dancing alum Adam Carolla did. Plus, who wouldn't want to see an Olsen twin or Uncle Jesse in his cheering section?
Dream pro partner: Inna Brayer
Why she should dance: No stranger to reality TV, the diminutive diva (and star of BET's Countdown to Lockdown) has been known to shake her booty. Let's see if she can blend ballroom fashion with hip-hop style – and whether she can give Edyta a run for her backless minidresses. Pasties anyone?
Dream pro partner: Mark Ballas
Occupation: Retired basketball player
Why he should dance: The former Phoenix Suns power forward is known for his on-court aggression and his off-court trash talking – a perfect combination for competitive Dancing. Nicknamed the Round Mound of Rebound, we're betting Barkley would love a round, shiny mirror-ball trophy to match.
Dream pro partner: Karina Smirnoff
Why she should dance: The former Fat Actress star has a good sense of humor and has publicly struggled with her weight. What better fitness plan for the onetime Jenny Craig spokesperson than a steady calorie-burning regimen of sambas, salsas and quick steps?
Dream pro partner: Jonathan Roberts
Why he should dance: His brother Drew Lachey took the mirror-ball trophy in 2006, and there's no reason winning Dancing with the Stars shouldn't be a family affair. Plus, the hunky singer knows his way around the ballroom – he's performed his song "I Can't Hate You Anymore" on the show.
Dream pro partner: Cheryl Burke