Best cast ever?
Obviously, that’s up for interpretation but there certainly won’t be a shortage of provocative newsmakers when Dancing With the Stars returns Sept. 19. We still don’t know the pairings (they won’t be announced until Wednesday on Good Morning America) but what pro will or won’t compete for the mirror ball trophy seems pretty anti-climactic in light of the cast announcement, made Monday night during an episode of Bachelor Pad. For the entire cast, go to the jump.
Chaz Bono. Sonny and Cher’s famous child was the subject of the recent documentary Becoming Chaz, which aired on OWN and is now up for three Emmys.
Nancy Grace. The outspoken legal commentator and host of her eponymous show on HLN is expected to maintain her hectic schedule while donning the Danskins.
Ricki Lake. The actress/author is looking to return to the daytime talk show circuit by launching one in the fall of 2012.
Rob Kardashian. The younger brother of Kourtney, Kim and Khloe has worked as a talent manager but has been known to show up from time to time on the family reality shows.
David Arquette. The actor and ex-husband of Courteney Cox recently celebrated his sobriety on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Ron Artest. The 6-foot-7 forward from the Los Angeles Lakers is petitioning the courts to change his name to Metta World Peace.
Kristin Cavallari. The former star of MTV’s The Hills and Laguna Beach has kept busy by doing charity work for the kids.
J.R. Martinez. The All My Children actor also works as a motivational speaker.
Hope Solo. The gorgeous goal keeper gained millions of followers this summer while playing for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
Elisabetta Canalis. It can’t be fun to be known as the gal who was dumped by George Clooney but hey, the ravishing actress from Italy has other credits, too: She recurred on TNT’s Leverage!
Chynna Phillips. The Wilson Phillips crooner who’s married to Billy Baldwin recently made a much-appreciated cameo in Bridesmaids.
Carson Kressley. The fashion expert best known for Queer Eye and How to Look Good Naked now has a show on OWN called Carson Nation.