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'Dancing With the Stars' partners announced

September 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new line up of celebrities is getting ready to compete on ABC's hit show "Dancing With the Stars." Corky Ballas did a fine job coaching Cloris Leachman in season seven. For season 11, he's again paired with the oldest star, 76-year-old Florence Henderson.

His son, two-time champ Mark Ballas is dancing with Bristol Palin.

Lacey Schwimmer once helped Lance Bass go far. This time out, she's partnered up with actor and rapper Kyle Massey.

"I think that I have the best partner on the show," said Massey.

Chelsie Hightower danced with "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka last season. She's partnered with singer Michael Bolton this time out.

And singer Brandy is thrilled with her partner. She'll be mixing it up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"He's hot! That is all I can say. My partner is hot," said Brandy.

Jennifer Grey is pleased with her partner, too. She's paired last year's pro champion, Derek Hough.

"All I do is look at him, thinking, 'Ahh! I want that. I want to do that,'" said Grey.

"The Jersey Shore's" Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will dance with Karina Smirnoff. The pro dancer returns after a season away from the competition.

Kym Johnson is also back after sitting out a season following her big win with Donny Osmond. She'll be teaching David Hasselhoff the ropes.

"When I met her, I immediately felt that I was going to have a good time on this journey because she's got such a warm heart," said Hasselhoff.

Cheryl Burke returns, but not with football player Chad Ochocinco. This time out, she's with former basketball star Rick Fox.

And Anna Trebunskaya, who danced to second place last season with Evan Lysacek also has an athlete again: former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

Tony Dovolani danced with reality star Kate Gosselin last season. And he's back to reality with Audrina Patridge, formerly of "The Hills."

Finally, Louis Van Amstel, who did well teaching comedian Niecy Nash, is now teaching comedian Margaret Cho how to cha-cha-cha.

"He is so loving and so incredibly patient with me, which is what I need," said Cho. "I don't know anything about anything about ballroom dance."

"Dancing With the Stars" kicks off September 20 on ABC.


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