Noticeably absent from this season's cast is Edyta Sliwinska, the only professional dancer who had participated in all of the ABC ballroom dancing competition's first ten seasons. Sliwinska announced she has decided to quitDancing with the Stars to "move on with my life, pursue other projects and finish school" earlier this week.
The 12 celebrity participants -- which ABC announced Monday -- competing on Dancing with the Stars' eleventh season are singer Michael Bolton, actress Margaret Cho, former NBA basketball player Rick Fox, actress Jennifer Grey, actor and former America's Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff, actress Florence Henderson, rapper and Disney Channel star Kyle Massey, singer and former America's Got Talent judge Brandy Norwood, former The Hills star Audrina Patridge, Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, recently retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, and Bristol Palin, the teen mom daughter of former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Mark Ballas will be partnered with Bristol Palin. He previously won Dancing with the Stars' sixth season with Kristi Yamaguchi, its eighth season with Shawn Johnson, and is returning for his seventh season.
Schwimmer, another former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, will be participating in her third Dancing with the Stars season and compete with Massey.
Smirnoff, who is back for her eighth season, will be partnered with Sorrentino.
Trebunskaya, who is participating in her sixth season, will dance with Warner.
Van Amstel, who is returning for his seventh season, will be paired with Cho.
Dancing with the Stars' eleventh season will premiere Monday, September 20 at 8PM ET/PT with a two-hour broadcast.
All 12 couples will perform a Viennese waltz or cha cha routine during the premiere, and the couple with the lowest combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes will be eliminated on the following night's results show.
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