'Dancing' cast: Osbourne, Liddell, DeLay, Gray ...
The cast is one of the most eclectic ABC has assembled for the show and features former mixed martial arts champ Chuck Liddell, singer Macy Gray and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Absent from the lineup: Abdul, whom the network is courting for various opportunities since she departed Fox's "American Idol." If ABC were eventually to cast Abdul as a contestant on "Dancing," it might make more competitive sense for the network to have her on during the spring edition which airs during the same weeks as "Idol."
Next season is keeping the format unchanged, returning the "Macy's Stars of Dance" feature and the professional dancer competition on the results show.
Here's the complete list of contestants with their bios from the network. "Dancing" returns Sept. 21.
AARON CARTER -- Triple platinum selling music artist/songwriter,producer, actor and younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter,Aaron Carter has established himself worldwide as a pop and teen sensation.Beginning his career at the age of eight, he is currently the youngest soloartist to have four Top 40 singles. He has released four studio albumssince 1997, two of which have been certified platinum, and has appeared onseveral television series, including "Lizzie McGuire" and "7thHeaven," as well as making his Broadway debut playing JoJo the Who in "Seussicalthe Musical" in 2001. He sang vocals on soundtracks for Disneymania ("TheLion King"), "Ella Enchanted," "Pokemon" and "Rugrats the Movie." In 2006Carter starred in the E! reality show, "House of Carters," which featured allfive of the Carter siblings living in the same house.
NATALIE COUGHLIN -- Olympic swimming gold medalist NatalieCoughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004Athens Games. Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that shehas ever entered, for a total of 11 Olympic medals. In 2008 she became thefirst American female athlete to win six medals in one Olympiad, in addition tobecoming the first woman to win consecutive individual Olympic gold medals inthe 100m backstroke. She is also the most decorated female swimmer in WorldChampionship history, with 16 medals. Born and raised in northern California,Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BAin psychology in 2005.
MARK DACASCOS -- Famously known as "The Chairman" and host of Food Network’s"Iron Chef America," Mark Dacascos is also a trained martial artist and anactor. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, his passion for martial arts began at an earlyage under the tutelage of his parents, who are both former national championsand teachers. After being discovered in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Dacascosbegan to establish a film and television career playing not only martialartists but a wide arrangement of other characters before joining "Iron ChefAmerica" in 2005. He has appeared in several feature films, including theinternationally acclaimed French epic, "Brotherhood of the Wolf," the cult classic"Only the Strong," "Cradle to the Grave", opposite Jet Li, "Only theBrave," "Nomad" and "The Lost Medallion," to be released later this year.
TOM DELAY -- The former House Majority Leader is a prominentRepublican and conservative firebrand. He was first elected to Congress in1984, and when Republicans took control of the House, his colleagues electedhim Majority Whip, and later Majority Leader. His leadership was characterizedby his aggressive "Grow the Vote" method of party discipline, where he neverlost a vote, leading the Washington Post to nickname him "The Hammer." He andhis wife, Christine, also served as foster parents and founded a community inTexas that serves as a safe, permanent home for abused and neglected children. DeLayis currently president of First Principles LLC, a strategic politicalconsulting firm based in Washington DC and Houston, Texas.
MACY GRAY -- Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with herdebut album, "On How Life Is," and the hit single "I Try," both of which wentto number one. She has gone on to sell more than 20,000,000 albums worldwideand has won and been nominated for five Grammy Awards and six MTV Video MusicAwards. She has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with some ofmusic’s greatest artists, including Justin Timberlake, Carlos Santana, ErykahBadu, Fergie, will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas), John Frusciante (Red Hot ChiliPeppers) Nas and Natalie Cole. Gray has also appeared in numerous films,including "Spider Man," "Training Day," "Idlewild" (with Outkast) and theaward-winning HBO Film, "Lackawanna Blues."
ASHLEY HAMILTON -- Actor, songwriter, comedian and son offormer "Dancing with the Stars" contestant George Hamilton, Ashley is amulti-talented, multi-hyphenate with experience in film, comedy and television.An accomplished singer, Ashley had a 2003 top 20 single released by Sony, andas a songwriter co-wrote the top 10 Robbie Williams hit entitled "Come Undone."He has writing credits for Hillary Duff among other top acts. Hamilton has madevarious television and film appearances in his career, including a starringrole in "Sunset Beach." Since 2007 he has been performing stand-up comedy at theLaugh Factory, the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store and Room 5 in LosAngeles.
MELISSA JOAN HART -- Known for her starring roles in thetelevision series "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," MelissaJoan Hart began her career at the early age of four with television commercialsand various television appearances. She starred in the film "Drive Me Crazy"alongside "Entourage’s" Adrian Grenier, as well as the ABC Family OriginalMovie "Holiday in Handcuffs," opposite "Dancing with the Stars" alumnus MarioLopez, which was the highest rated programin the history of the network. In 2009 Hart starred in another ABC FamilyOriginal Movie, "My Fake Fiancé" that also garnered huge ratings. In 1993 shestarted her own production company, Hartbreak Films, and is set to release herfirst thriller film, "Nine Dead," to DVD in January 2010. Hart and husband MarkWilkerson are the proud parents of two sons, Mason, age three, and Braydon, 17months.
KATHYIRELAND -- KathyIreland the super model is now wife, mother of three, author, Sunday schoolteacher and fashion CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide® (KIWW)®. Forbes, Newsweekand the Wall Street Journal celebrate KIWW® as a $1.4 billion design empire. Irelandpowerfully supports many non-profits, including the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDSFoundation, Feed the Children and the Alliance for Christian Education. UCLA hasnamed her as one of the Top Ten Women’s Health Advocates in America.
MICHAEL IRVIN -- Regarded as one of the most successful widereceivers in the history of the NFL, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin is athree-time Super Bowl champion and former broadcaster for ESPN’s "NFLCountdown." Known as "The Playmaker" and one of "The Triplets" alongside fellowCowboys Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, Irvin was a recipient of the DallasCowboys’ Ring of Honor in 2005. In 2007 he was inducted into the ProfessionalFootball Hall of Fame and has appeared in various television shows, as well asco-starring in "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Lastfall Irvin executive-produced/hosted the reality TV series "4th andLong" for Spike TV, in which one football hopeful was given a shot at making theDallas Cowboys roster. Most recently he appeared on the Hall of Fame inductionson the NFL Network, and he hosts his own radio show in Dallas for ESPN Radio.
JOANNA KRUPA -- Polish-born Joanna Krupa was bornin Warsaw and raised in Chicago. After high school she moved toLA to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Her hard work and positivespirit led her to become one of the most requested models/covergirls in theworld. PETA’s "I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign featuring Krupabecame a phenomenon. She’s been featured in E!’s The Sexiest as one of the sexiestwomen in the world. In 2009 she was selected as the cover modelfor Ocean Drive magazine, and Maxim voted her among their TOP 100women in the world. Film and TV credits include "Six Days in Paradise,"due in the fall, "Ripple Effect," "Las Vegas" and "CSI: Crime SceneInvestigation." Most recently she competed in ABC’s "The Superstars," teamingwith Buffalo Bills NFL star Terrell Owens.
CHUCK LIDDELL -- Chuck Liddell is the face of the UltimateFighting Championship and the icon of Mixed Martial Arts -- the fastest growingsport in America. In 1998 he won his first UFC Mixed Martial Arts fight. Soonafter, Liddell rose through the ranks to become the light-heavyweight championof the world. In July of 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He istied for the most wins by a UFC fighter, with 16, and also holds the most knockoutwins with 10. In 2008 Liddell penned his autobiography, Iceman: My FightingLife, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller. He has a BA inBusiness/Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he also wrestled.
DEBI MAZAR –- Debi Mazar’s feature film debut in Martin Scorsese’s"Goodfellas" set the stage for an extensive career in both television and film.She has consistently worked with notable directors -- including Oliver Stone,Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Michael Mann and Joel Schumacher -- often portraying asharp-tongued New Yorker in both dramas and comedy. Her television creditsinclude "Friends," "Ugly Betty" and her own sitcom, CBS’ "Temporarily Yours." Mazarpresently stars as publicist Shauna on HBO’s hit series "Entourage." She alsoco-hosts "Under the Tuscan Gun," a successful internet show focused on Tuscancuisine, with her husband. The couple have two young daughters and presentlyreside in both Los Angeles and Tuscany, Italy.
MYA -- Grammy Award ® winning multi-platinum artist Mya,became a star at the age of 18 with her eponymous debut album which yieldedthree Top 10 singles. In addition to releasing five full length albums, one of whichwent platinum and another gold, she starred in the acclaimed film "Chicago." Sincethen Mya has appeared in several other movies and signed a modeling contract.Her fourth and fifth studio albums, "Liberation" and "Sugar & Spice,"respectively, have been released in Japan, and her sixth studio album is due tobe released on her independent label. A longtime advocate for young women, Myafounded The Mya Arts & Tech Foundation, a nonprofit organizationdedicated to providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts& technology education, where she serves as both executive director andteacher.
KELLY OSBOURNE –- A singer,actress and media personality, Kelly Osbourne’s father is rock icon OzzyOsbourne, and her mother is well-known TV personality Sharon Osbourne. Kellygot her start at the age of 16 in the first-ever "celebrity reality"TV show, "The Osbournes," with her famous family, which garnered an Emmy Award® for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002. That same year, Kelly released herdebut music album, "Shut Up!," which included a cover of Madonna’s "Papa Don’tPreach." Her second album, "Sleeping in Nothing," was released in 2005 with itsfirst single, "One Word," hitting No. 1 on all three Billboard Dance chartssimultaneously. She made her dramatic acting debut in a starring role on theABC series "Life As We Know It". In recent years Osbourne has worked primarilyin the UK, where she’s done theatre (including a successful run in "Chicago" inLondon’s West End in 2007), hosted her own weekly radio show on BBC Radio andpresented numerous UK TV projects, including "Project Catwalk," the UK’sversion of "Project Runway."
DONNYOSMOND –- DonnyOsmond won the hearts of millions as both a member of the Osmonds and, with hissister (and "Dancing with the Stars" alumna) Marie, as the youngestco-hosts in primetime history on the iconic ABC variety series, "The Donny& Marie Show." He and Marie are currently performing at the Las VegasFlamingo Hotel through 2012. For nearly five decades, Donny has been a singer,musician, Broadway and film actor, talk show and game show host, bestsellingauthor, and even a champion race car driver.
LOUIE VITO -- Professional snowboarder Louie Vito is among theU.S.’ elite snowboarders favored to make the 2010 Olympic team. Competing inboth the Pipe and Slopestyle disciplines, Vito continues to train for the GrandPrix qualifying. The 21 year-old native of Bellefontaine, OH turned pro in 2006and has competed in multiple Winter X-Games competitions. He is also a two-timewinner of the USSA Grand Prix Halfpipe Series.
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