ABC reveals 'Dancing with the Stars' fifth-season cast identities
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/29/2007
ABC has revealed the identities of the 12 celebrities -- the show's biggest group yet -- who will be waltzing their way into primetime when Dancing with the Stars' fifth season premieres with a 90-minute performance episode on Monday, September 24 at 8PM ET/PT.
The 12 celebrity two-steppers who will compete for Dancing with the Stars' fifth-season mirror ball trophy are Spice Girl Melanie Brown; former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth; supermodel Josie Maran; Disney's The Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan; entertainer Marie Osmond; actress Jane Seymour; entertainer Wayne Newton; IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves; professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.; billionaire entrepreneur and former The Benefactor star Mark Cuban; All My Children actor and I Wanna Be a Soap Star host Cameron Mathison; and supermodel Albert Reed.
Julianne Hough -- the defending Dancing with the Stars professional partner champion who won the series' fourth season with Ohno -- will return for the show's fifth edition. She'll be paired with Castroneves. There will also be some sibling rivalry during Dancing with the Stars 5, as Hough's brother Derek will make his first appearance as a professional partner. He'll be paired with Garth.
While Bergeron will also reprise his hosting role, Peoplereported Wednesday that producers are still looking for a replacement for co-host Samantha Harris once she goes on maternity leave. Harris had announced she was pregnant with her first child during a fourth-season broadcast and is due in early October.
"My hope is to be there for the beginning of the season for a week or two, maybe three, have the baby and maybe be gone for two, three, four weeks," she told People. "If I'm lucky enough to have a quick recovery, [I'll] be back on the show for the rest of the season."
Dancing with the Stars 5 will debut with two 90-minute performance episodes on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 that will both air at 8PM ET/PT. In a twist from previous seasons, People reported that the six female celebrity participants will compete on Monday night, with their six male counterparts doing the same on Tuesday.
"[The decision to split the cast was deliberate] so you can actually get to know the people and see them all over two nights," executive producer Conrad Green told People. "There are a lot of stories to tell - what they have been through, how they got here, their backgrounds, their motivations for doing it."
The following night, ABC will cap off the show's fifth-season premiere week with a special Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT broadcast of Dancing with the Stars 5's first one-hour results show, which will send one celebrity contestant and his or her professional partner home.
Dancing with the Stars' fifth season will settle into its regular time periods the following week, with 90-minute performance episodes airing Mondays at 8PM ET beginning October 1 and one-hour results shows airing Tuesdays at 9PM ET beginning October 2.