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ABC reveals celebrity and athlete pairings for 'The Superstars' revival


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/22/2009 

ABC has revealed the identities of the eight celebrity and athlete pairings competing on The Superstars its celebrity-themed revival of Superstars, an all-around sports competition that featured famous athletes competing in different sporting events to determine the best athlete in the world.

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ABC will premiere The Superstars, an all-around sports competition series that will feature the teams battling in various events on Tuesday, June 23 at 8PM ET/PT.  Superstars originally debuted as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports program in 1973 and aired additional editions as recently as 2002.

The Superstars team pairings are NFL star Terrell Owens and model Joanna Krupa; former MLB star Jeff Kent and actress Ali Landry; former NBA star Robert Horry and actress Estella Warren; skier Bode Miler and celebrity carpenter Paige Hemmis; freeskier Kristi Leskinen and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy; former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and actor Dan Cortese; former tennis star Jennifer Capriati and actor Dave Charvet; and former soccer player Brandi Chastain and singer Julio Iglesias, Jr..

Several of the celebrity participants have previous reality show ties. 

Chmerkovskiy is a Dancing with the Stars professional; Hemmis is a regular on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; and Cortese hosted NBC's short-lived My Dad is Better Than Your Dad game show.

In addition, Charvet is married to Dancing with the Stars seventh-season celebrity champ Brooke Burke; while Iglesias, Jr. won the first season of CMT's Gone Country reality series last year.

Filmed entirely on location at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, The Superstars will follow the pairs as they compete against each other in various sporting events including swimming, biking, running, kayaking and other head-to-head athletic challenges that will test strength, speed, stamina, agility and strategy.

One team will be eliminated each week until a winner is crowned in the finale.

ABC ordered the six-episode series in January, and it is produced by Juma Entertainment and Blue Entertainment Sports Television.

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