Occupation: Figure skater
Why He Should Dance: The dazzling favorite of the Vancouver Olympics – who loves skating to Lady Gaga – could follow in Kristi Yamaguchi’s quick steps to a champion win. Plus, he’s not afraid of a little glitter … or a lot of glitter.
Dream Pro Partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Why She Should Dance: “Now that I’m not doing the TV show, I’ve got lots of time to work out,” the former star of The Beautiful Life has said. There’s no better exercise than in the ballroom – let’s get The O.C.‘s It-girl back in fighting shape!
Dream Pro Partner: Derek Hough
Occupation: Basketball player
Why He Should Dance: Turns out, the Los Angeles Lakers forward has some musical experience: He filmed a cameo in Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park’s “We Made It” video. Plus, we’re sure sister-in-law Kim Kardashian could give him some pointers on how not to get cut early.
Dream Pro Partner: Lacey Schwimmer
Occupation: Model, fitness expert, mogul
Why She Should Dance: From fitness to fashion to music television, the former MTV veejay seemingly does it all! Still, we have yet to see the Cuban-born star shimmy through a mean salsa…
Dream Pro Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Occupation: Country singer
Why He Should Dance: He’s got 16 major country singles under his belt, but where Shelton really hooks us (aside from his looks) is with his sense of humor. The guy jokes about his “hillbilly bone” – what would he say about the tango?
Dream Pro Partner: Kym Johnson
Occupation: Country Singer
Why She Should Dance: The same fans who rallied on Twitter for her No. 1 song “White Liar” would be sure to propel Lambert to a top spot. And country couples like Jewel and Ty Murray are a DWTS tradition – imagine if Lambert and beau Shelton dance!
Dream Pro Partner: Dmitry Chaplin
CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY
Why He Should Dance: Every season needs a heartthrob – and this year we’d like to see the CW star on the parquet. With his stint on One Tree Hill over, we think he could expand his resumé by adding “dancer” to his list of skills!
Dream Pro Partner: Chelsie Hightower
Occupation: Nightlife promoter, TV correspondent
Why She Should Dance: Tiger who? It’s time for the stunning New York nightlife fixture to get past the scandal. And what better way to prove she’s beautiful and talented than with a turn in the ballroom? We recommend she master something classy – like the waltz.
Dream Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani
Why He Should Dance: The new Jenny Craig spokesman hopes to drop up to 40 lbs. this year – and DWTS is a proven way to get fit!
Dream Pro Partner: Anna Demidova
Why She Should Dance: It’s been way too long since she graced TV screens as classy Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women. DWTS is the perfect opportunity for the Southern gentlewoman to shed her genteel persona and dance a racy rumba!
Dream Pro Partner: Louis van Amstel
Why He Should Dance: He can rap – and dance! After releasing his megahit “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” the musician caused a sensation with the accompanying routine he created for the track. Plus, he’d bring a little hip-hop cred to the parquet.
Dream Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke
Occupation: Actress, TV personality, filmmaker
Why She Should Dance: She proved she can shake her moneymaker as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray! But it’s been a while since Lake showed off her prowess, and fans would love to see her dance the jive – and flaunt her slimmed-down figure.
Dream Pro Partner: Jonathan Roberts
Why He Should Dance: The former Desperate Housewives star has often spoken about making music – but before becoming a full-blown rock star, he should master some slick dance moves. Plus, he could show off his impeccable chest in a flashy, button-free shirt!
Dream Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff
Why She Should Dance: Last season, she was a regular face in the audience – as a guest of the Osmonds – so let’s see the Jacksons challenge the Osmonds’ title of the parquet’s reigning first family!
Dream Pro Partner: Mark Ballas
Why He Should Dance: Just call him this season’s Tom DeLay. The scandal-ridden former governor of New York has been quietly getting back to work after resigning in 2008. But what about full-blown public redemption? Perhaps he should consider cha-cha-ing his way back into the spotlight on DWTS!
Dream Pro Partner: Anna Trebunskaya