Entries in Season 12 (2)


'DWTS' Season 12 Premiere: Ralph Macchio Leads the Pack

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- What do a star football player, a champion boxer, actresses and an actor, a TV talk show host, a radio host, a supermodel, a rapper-slash-entertainer and a WWE wrestler all have in common? Monday night, they were all competitors on the season 12 premiere of Dancing With the Stars.

But not all of the stars shone.

Radio host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer earned the night's lowest score of the 11 couples, getting 13 points out of a possible 30 from the judges for their foxtrot. TV talk show host and author Wendy Williams earned a 14 out of a possible 30 points for her cha-cha with partner Tony Dovolani.

"I know you've got personality. Show it to me!" Judge Bruno Tonioli told Williams after her performance.

The top score -- 24 out of 30 points -- went to Ralph Macchio, the 1980s heartthrob who starred in the hit movie Karate Kid, and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff. Judge Bruno Toniolo said Macchio had "great showmanship," while judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the performance "an amazing surprise."

Actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned a 23, the second-highest score of the night, for their cha-cha.

The stars will dance again on March 28. One couple will be voted off during the results show on March 29.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Announces Season 12 Cast Members

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The new cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars includes a boxer, a football player, a wrestler and a "karate kid." Kirstie Alley, talk show host Wendy Williams and reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson will be joined by boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, pro wrestler Chris Jericho, Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio and four other celebrities on the dance floor this spring.

The cast was announced Monday night during a special press conference that aired during The Bachelor. The stars' respective pro partners were not revealed.

The twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars will begin March 21. Here is the full roster of contestants:

* Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer
* Chelsea Kane, Disney star
* Romeo, entertainer and son of rapper/former DWTS contestant Master P
* Ralph Macchio, star of the original Karate Kid
* Petra Nemcova, model
* Kendra Wilkinson, reality TV star
* Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
* Mike Catherwood, co-host of radio program Loveline
* Wendy Williams, talk show host
* Chris Jericho, pro wrestler/rock star
* Kirstie Alley, actress

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