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AIDEN TURNER, All My Children actor
Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Conrad Green says: ''A lot of people at the title shoot we just had were saying, 'Oh, I thought Gilles [Marini] was the hottest star we've ever had until I saw Aiden.' I'm British, and he's British, so we're less able to judge these things, but the reaction of a lot of the girls in the studio was promising. Some of our couples, you look at some of them and you just go, wow. That's what we really want to achieve this season, just 'Wow,' generally. We don't want there to be seven minutes when you're watching the show and think, 'Eh.' We want every couple to really function between the eyes for different reasons.''
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BUZZ ALDRIN, 80-year-old astronaut
Pro partner: Ashly Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
Conrad Green says: ''We spoke to his doctor, who said, you know, this is a guy who passed his NASA medical several years ago. He's got the health of someone 20 years younger. I think people will be really touched by him. He's entering into it in exactly the right spirit — I think he wants to take it on as a life challenge. I'm actually trying to encourage him to do the moonwalk, so we'll see if he uses that on the first show. Of course, DANCMSTR will get cross!''
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CHAD OCHOCINCO, NFL star
Pro partner: Cheryl Burke
Conrad Green says: ''He's the most flamboyant footballer out there at the moment — the one putting on a sombrero and bringing out a cell phone after scoring a touchdown and ringing his agent. So on our show, he can expand on some of those things and not get fined by the NFL for doing it! He's a big character. Those are the people who do well on the show, people who can have fun.''
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ERIN ANDREWS, ESPN broadcaster
Pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Conrad Green says: ''She did a bit of dancing when she was a kid, so she's comfortable moving. She's got an incredible figure, and she's with Maks, so they'll be a super-hot pair. We've been quite firm with him that he's not to bully her. But I think she's tough enough to deal with him. If she can deal with all those footballers on the sidelines, I think she can deal with one Chmerkovskiy.''
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EVAN LYSACEK, figure skater
Pro partner: Anna Trebunskaya
Conrad Green says: ''We met Evan, and we just really liked his personality. We thought he'd be someone the audience would really warm to, and that was before he won gold. We were watching the Olympics, thinking, 'God, God, please, God!' We're hoping it all portends a really good season.''
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JAKE PAVELKA, The Bachelor
Pro partner: Chelsie Hightower
Conrad Green says: ''I think he's definitely popular. We never know, when we book these people, you know, 'Can he dance or not?' If he can dance well, I think his popularity will carry him a long way. It can be essentially a competition of how well known our cast are. I think it's gonna be a really difficult season if you don't hit the mark quickly. Someone's gonna have to go. The nice thing is, no one has to get eliminated in the first week.''
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KATE GOSSELIN, Jon & Kate Plus 8
Pro partner: Tony Dovolani
Conrad Green says: ''People have opinions about a lot of the people who are on our show, and often they change by the end of the show. We tend to allow contestants to let themselves breathe as people rather than just get beaten up. I remember before Jerry Springer came on the show, a lot of people said, 'I can't stand Jerry Springer.' And now he's a very beloved figure. Kate's a really nice woman. I think a lot of people are really gonna warm to her on the show. It's a nice chance for the audience to come to a much closer understanding of these people.''
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NICOLE SCHERZINGER, Pussycat Doll
Pro partner: Derek Hough
Conrad Green says: ''For the Pussycat Dolls, she was primarily booked as a vocalist, not a dancer. I don't think she's got any more dance background than Mel B. had, or Joey Fatone, or Drew Lachey. We've had a number of people like that — Mya, last season — but only one of those people have won. I think the audience does compensate, you know? I think if they see someone come from nowhere and do well, they tend to appreciate that more. So she's got to overcome that. It'll be more pressure for Derek, too.''
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NIECY NASH, RENO 911! comedian
Pro partner: Louis Van Amstel
Conrad Green says: ''We met Niecy and we thought, we have to put her with someone who gets her. That's Louis. As soon as Louis met her, he came back grinning from ear-to-ear. 'It'll be good!' Louis really understands strong women. Niecy's gonna be hilarious. She's here for her own reasons — she was kicked out of a high school play by a teacher who told her she couldn't dance. She's doing it for redemption!''
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PAMELA ANDERSON, Baywatch actress
Pro partner: DWTS newcomer Damian Whitewood
Conrad Green says: ''Pamela Anderson, we'd asked right from the start of the series. Perhaps we took a few less risks with casting this time. We really went for people who are gonna cause a splash. A lot of these people we've been asking since season 1, so a lot of them finally came around to the idea of doing the show. I think quite possibly it's our strongest cast yet, and it's got the potential to be really watchable. Who knows how the stories are gonna go but some of these people will be fascinating to see in action.''
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SHANNEN DOHERTY, Beverly Hills, 90210 actress
Pro partner: Mark Ballas
Conrad Green says: ''We've asked Shannen a number of times over the years, and she's always been too busy to do it. I think [Dancing With the Stars] is her father's favorite show, and she wants to do it to make him happy. And she'll have a bit of fun as well....We're working our way through [the entire 90210 cast], aren't we? I think by season 16, we ought to have an all-stars cast: Beverly Hills vs. the football team.''