‘Dancing With the Stars’ pairings announced

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Hello, ballroom fans! ABC has just announced the celebrity/pro pairs for Season 9 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (which premieres Sept. 21). Here’s a rundown of who’ll be stepping with whom:

- Pop star Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff


- Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Season 1 champ Alec Mazo

- ‘Iron Chef’ star Mark Dacasos and Lacey Schwimmer

- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two-time champ Cheryl Burke (hey, it had to be someone, didn’t it?)

- Singer Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

- Actor Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

- Actress Melissa Joan Hart and two-time champ Mark Ballas

- Model Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

- NFL star Michael Irvin and last season’s pro dancer competition champ, Anna Demidova


- Model Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

- ‘Ultimate Fighting’ champ Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

- Actress Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkoviskiy

- Singer Mya and Dmitry Chaplin

- Reality star Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

- Singer Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

- Pro snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower

Looking over the group, methinks Mya’s proven dance moves will give Emmy-nominated choreographer Dmitry some good material to work with and make her the person to beat. I’m also curious to see what Chelsie can do with Louie Vito and am rooting for Natalie solely based on her swimming. Oddest pairing (well, other than Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke) has to be Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel— wonder if Louis’ experience will smooth over the spitfire reality star?


What do you think of the pairs? Whom are you excited to see? Do you think people will vote for DeLay because he’s paired with the popular Cheryl? Do Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska make the tannest couple in the history of the show? Whom do you think has the goods to win the coveted mirror ball trophy?

— Allyssa Lee