Why 'Dancing' 's Stars Are Excited for the Ballroom

Season 12 contestants like Kendra, Kirstie and Wendy reveal their reasons for joining the competition, which kicks off March 21 on ABC

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RALPH MACCHIO

RALPH MACCHIO
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The erstwhile star of The Karate Kid, now 49, is counting on the support of his wife and two children during his turn on Dancing with the Stars. "They have been pushing me for years," Macchio says. "Now, with the crash course in dance training, that may be in a wheelchair."

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KENDRA WILKINSON

KENDRA WILKINSON
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"I'm excited to see how my body will look," says the reality star and mom of son Hank, 1. Wilkinson isn't shy about her expectation that all the dancing will help her sculpt a body that is "so amazing."

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ROMEO

ROMEO
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Like father, like son? Let's hope not! Romeo's dad, rapper Master P, holds the record for receiving the lowest score (he earned just eight points for a season 2 performance!) in the history of the American version of Dancing with the Stars.

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KIRSTIE ALLEY

KIRSTIE ALLEY
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"We're just here and trying not to fall on our butts," the actress, 60, said during Monday's press conference announcing the cast. But Alley's real reason for doing the show? "My mother would never let me bedazzle stuff," she tells PEOPLE.

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CHRIS JERICHO

CHRIS JERICHO
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He's known for his brute strength in the wrestling ring. But is the WWE star man enough to mambo in a ruffled shirt? "With ... the DWTS announcement it was a HUGE day for Team Jericho!" the wrestler Tweeted Tuesday. "As always I'm gonna do my best to dominate."

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WENDY WILLIAMS

WENDY WILLIAMS
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The talk show host, 46, knows that looking good is half the battle. "I love the costumes – the pageantry, wigs, eyelashes, dresses," Williams says. "The dancing will be slightly nerve-racking but I'm up for it."

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HINES WARD

HINES WARD
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He's a star on the playing field, but the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, 34, is wary of his new turf – the ballroom – so he focused on the immediate task at hand. "I don't want to get eliminated first," he says. "That's the ultimate no-no."

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PETRA NEMCOVA

PETRA NEMCOVA
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The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, 31, missed Monday's announcement because she was speaking at the United Nations in New York, but it's safe to say she hopes not follow in the footsteps of other beautiful models who were eliminated early in the competition.

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SUGAR RAY LEONARD

SUGAR RAY LEONARD
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The smooth boxing legend says the judges' comments won't deter him one bit. "I've been yelled at in my corner," says Leonard, 54. "I am definitely prepared for the [tough] feedback."

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CHELSEA KANE

CHELSEA KANE
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The Disney Channel star, 22, says she couldn't resist the chance to "put on sequins and makeup and dance with an extremely attractive guy."

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MIKE CATHERWOOD

MIKE CATHERWOOD
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On the radio he goes by Psycho Mike but it remains to be seen if the Loveline co-host, 31, will go crazy on the dance floor or fizzle out like another radio host, Adam Carolla, who competed in season 6.

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