Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dancing With the Stars names new cast

Another year, another crop of sorta-celebrities willing to do the cha-cha on national television. ABC's Dancing With the Stars has revealed their list of stars for the 14th season of the show and it's a doozy.

Among the most notible and notorious are Gladys Knight, the lovely Maria Menounos, hunk-o-rama William Levy (pictured), and Steve Urkel.

This upcoming season DWTS could be the most difficult yet for the popular series. Dancing once ruled the Monday night ratings roost, but with NBC starting to show muscle with The Voice, the Tom Bergeron-hosted affair is facing pressure to step it up for its 14th season.

The show has faced some criticism lately with the series' lack of star power in recent seasons.

The whole list of yawn-inducing celebs can be found after the jump. Jack Wagner - The soap star, who currently appears on The Bold and the Beautiful, is also quite the golfer, having won the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic on two occasions.

Melissa Gilbert - The TV icon played "Half Pint" Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.

Donald Driver - The 13-year NFL veteran is the all-time receptions leader in Green Bay Packers history, and was selected to play in four Pro Bowls.

William Levy - Levy is a popular telenovela actor who appeared in the music video for Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Into You."

Sherri Shepherd - The View co-host hopes to be "bicoastal" for as long as possible as she steps into the Dancing arena.

Katherine Jenkins - The Welsh-born mezzo-soprano performed on an episode of Dancing last season.

Gavin DeGraw - The singer/songwriter has had five Top 40 hits since 2004, including "I Don't Want to Be" and "Not Over You." [Ed. note: It's come to this, huh Gavin?]

Martina Navratilova - The tennis legend hopes to do better than fellow "racquet queen" Monica Seles, who was the second celebrity eliminated on the sixth season of the show.

Roshon Fegan - Teens and pre-teens know this 20-year-old for his role as Ty on Disney Channel's Shake It Up.

Maria Menounos - The Extra correspondent has an unblemished record in World Wrestling Entertainment, winning both of her matches.

Jaleel White - Known by millions for his portrayal of nerdy Steve Urkel on Family Matters, White is now hosting the upcoming Syfy game show Total Blackout.

Gladys Knight - The legendary singer has won 11 Grammy awards in a career spanning nearly six decades.

(Via the Marquee Blog)

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