Monday, August 29, 2011



What do a soccer star, Italian actress, talk-show host and NBA world champion all have in common? They're all part of the Season 13 cast for ABC's hit TV show, "Dancing with the Stars," which was announced Monday.
Here's a look at the entire list of the 12 celebrity contestants:

1-Kristin CAVALLARI: Reality TV figure most recognized for her role in hit MTV shows, "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills." ... Cavallari recently suffered a well-publicized breakup with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

2-Hope SOLO: United States women's soccer star and ranked the No. 1 goalkeeper in the world. ... Became an overnight sensation at this summer's Women's World Cup in Germany.

3-Carson KRESSLEY: Former fashion expert on hit show, "Queer Eye," where he was one of the show's "Fab Five" members. ... Host of the TV show, "How To Look Good Naked.

4-Ricki LAKE: American actress and talk-show host ... known for her roles in the hits, "Hairspray" and "Mrs. Winterbourne."

5-David ARQUETTE: American actor best known for his role in the hit thriller "Scream" series, as well as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." ... Estranged husband of actress Courtney Cox.

6-Nancy GRACE: American legal commentator, author, journalist, talk-show host and former prosecutor. ... Current host of "Nancy Grace," a nightly celebrity news and current affairs show on HLN.

7-Chaz BONO: American transgender advocate, writer, actor and musician. ... Only child American entertainers Sonny and Cher had together. ... Bono is a female-to-male transgender man.

8-Elisabetta CANALIS: Italian actress known most for her lengthy relationship with actor George Clooney.

9-Ron ARTEST: NBA player for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Known for being a unique, colorful individual. ... Was a huge part of the brawl between players and fans during a game against the Detroit Pistons when he played for the Indiana Pacers.

10-Rob KARDASHIAN: Reality TV star and brother of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

11-J.R. MARTINEZ: American actor, motivational speaker and retired United States Army solider. ... Suffered burns over 40 percent of his body during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003. ... Has starred on ABC soap opera, "All My Children," since 2008.

12-Chynna PHILLIPS: American singer and actress, who was part of the music group, Wilson Phillips. ... Daughter of The Mamas and the Papas' band members John and Michelle Phillips.

- Jeremy Pond, Publisher
- Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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