Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


'Dancing with the Stars' cast avoids controversy, includes Urkel

'Dancing With the Stars' annually is among the top-rated U.S. TV shows with a formula that pairs B-list celebrities, sports stars and singers with professional dancers performing sambas, cha-cha-chas and waltzes across a ballroom floor.

By Reuters / February 28, 2012

In this Jan. 7 photo, actor Jaleel White speaks during the panel discussion for his upcoming Syfy channel game show 'Total Blackout' at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for NBC Universal in Pasadena , Calif. White will be among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of the ABC dancing competition, premiering March 19.

Dan Steinberg/AP

Enlarge

NEW YORK

Television ballroom contest "Dancing With the Stars" took a step back from controversy with its new cast unveiled on Tuesday, including tennis champ Martina Navratilova, several TV actors, an opera singer and Gladys Knight without her "Pips."

Skip to next paragraph

"Dancing With the Stars" annually is among the top-rated U.S. TV shows with a formula that pairs B-list celebrities, sports stars and singers with professional dancers performing sambas, cha-cha-chas and waltzes across a ballroom floor.

Last year the show courted controversy when it cast Chaz Bono, the transgender child of pop superstar Cher, resulting in protests from some conservative groups. But this season there appears little in the lineup to fuss about.

The cast of 12 celebrities includes Navratilova, one of the most celebrated women tennis champions of all time, and Gladys Knight, who along with her backup band the Pips, scored hits such as "I Heard It Through theGrapevine" and "Midnight Train to Georgia."

Melissa Gilbert found fame in 1970s TV western "Little House on the Prairie," and Jaleel White's character Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" became a TV icon of the 1990s. Both will compete on the show alongside Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and pop singer Gavin DeGraw.

Others on the new season, which premieres March 19 on the ABC network, are professional football playerDonald Driver, Disney channel actor Roshon Fegan, Cuban-born Telemundo star William Levy, TV show hostsMaria Menounos and Sherri Shepherd, and Jack White, star of 1990s hit show "Melrose Place."

Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer

 

Editors' picks

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!