This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, Jerry Springer, talk show host and former dancing contestant, announced the new line-up to the next wave of “Dancing With The Stars“. Returning for a fourth season, the show pairs celebrities with professional dancers, as they compete for votes from the viewing public for survival. The winner of the program gets a trophy, but more importantly, the prestige of having been the best dancer in their peer group.

Contestants are from a wide variety of backgrounds, all with no formal dance training. They include an entertainment reporter, a former boy band member, a country singer turned actor, an ex-wife of a rock legend, three professional athletes, two actors, a model and a beauty queen.

Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno will trade his speed skates for tap shoes, joining Muhammad Ali’s daughter and boxer in her own right, Laila Ali, and Basketball Hall of Fame member, Clyde Drexler. Hoping to give them competition is “Sopranos” tv gangster, Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, played by actor Vincent Pastore, along with Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210” and former “Entertainment Tonight” host Leeza Gibbons. 2004’s Miss USA, Shandi Finnessey, will also vie for the honor, as well as Billy Ray Cyrus of “Achy Breaky Heart” fame and model Paulina Porizkova. Finishing the dance wanna-be line-up is NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Paul McCartney’s estranged wife, Heather Mills.

Despite the potential talent, many will watch Mills closely, as she will compete with an artificial leg, which she lost in a 1993 motorcycle accident.

“Dancing With The Stars” premieres March 19th on ABC against ratings powerhouse, FOX‘s “American Idol“, and then will air Monday and Tuesday nights.

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