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Why she should dance: The Full House star has been making her way back into the spotlight (starring in this summer’s ABC Family series Make It or Break It). A stint in the ballroom may remind viewers just how much we’ve missed plucky D.J. Tanner – and set up a possible Olsens cheering section in the audience!
Dream pro partner: Dmitry Chaplin
Occupation: Actor, Christian evangelist
Why he should dance: Dancing changed things up last season by bringing in couples – so, why not siblings? And the preacher can win over a whole new congregation – the ballroom! – with some heavenly moves.
Dream pro partner: Kym Johnson
Occupation: TV host
Why she should dance: The View cohost showed off her new bathing-suit body in PEOPLE after going from a size 16 to a size 6. “I’ve got a bubble butt now!” Shepherd boasted of her bod. Why not show off her “rearin'” form on the dancefloor?
Dream pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Why he should dance: As Captain of the USS Enterprise, the star of the original Star Trek has gone where no man has gone before. Surely, The Shat has some spectacular out-of-this-world moves. We’re being completely serious.
Dream pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Why she should dance: It’s not only in our dreams: If the ’80s teen pop phenom’s abs aren’t auditioning for a skimpy sequined ballroom get-up, we need to get our vision checked. Plus, Gibson recently dropped 17 lbs., putting her “in the best shape of my life,” she says.
Dream pro partner: Alec Mazo
Occupation: Aspiring actor-model
Why he should dance: Something tells us this Alaska native may not have a Dancing bone in his body. But we’re guessing his alter ego, Ricky Hollywood, would go the toe-to-toe in the tango for a shot at fame.
Dream pro partner: Anna Demidova
Occupation: Country singer
Why she should dance: The retired country superstar and motivational speaker loves a good challenge: She raised daughters Wynonna and Ashley as a single parent and was half of the most famous mother-daughter country duo in Nashville.
Dream pro partner: Corky Ballas
Why he should dance: Just call him this year’s Gilles! He’s been dubbed “man candy” for his perfect pecs on Lipstick Jungle (he’ll play a sports agent next season on One Tree Hill) and he’s joked in interviews he doesn’t mind being sexually objectified. Translation: The likelihood of a shirtless paso doble is all but guaranteed.
Dream pro partner: Chelsea Hightower
Why she should dance: She’s a hot Food Network talent who’s known for cooking up crafty, color-coordinated table decorations and “semi-homemade” meals that are easy to execute. With all the time she saves in the kitchen, Lee will have ample opportunity to master her choreography.
Dream pro partner: Tony Dovolani
Why he should dance: The “Thong Song” performer and former Dru Hill member already proved he can bust a move in the music video for his 2000 hit. (He gamely cartwheeled on the beach!) We’d love to see him get down – hip-hop style – on the parquet. Plus, he’d embrace skimpy costumes.
Dream pro partner: Lacey Schwimmer
Why she should dance: She’s proven adept in the art of, ahem, exotic dancing (case in point: 1995’s Showgirls!). But the former Saved by the Bell star boasts a classical dance background (even appearing in the ballet Swan Lake in the ’80s), and recently hosted Bravo’s Step It Up and Dance.
Dream pro partner: Jonathan Roberts
Why he should dance: Best known for his role on the Canadian teen soap opera Degrassi, the actor actually has a musical theater background. Ruggiero once appeared in Bye Bye Birdie and is currently hosting the Canadian music and dance competition show The Next Star.
Dream pro partner: Karina Smirnoff
Why he should dance: Athletes have proven to be fierce competitors on DWTS – but no baseball star has ever been enlisted. We draft Nick Swisher, a rising New York Yankees star, for the competition. Technical skill aside, count on his sense of humor – he gamely appeared in a Funny or Die video – to carry him through.
Dream pro partner: Cheryl Burke
Why she should dance: The beleaguered former Miss California pageant queen is comfortable in front of a crowd – and courts controversy wherever she goes. We expect Prejean to step on some toes – on and off the parquet.
Dream pro partner: Derek Hough