Noticeably absent from this twelfth-season's cast is three-time Dancing with the Stars champion Derek Hough. Hough previously announced he will miss this season to make his acting debut in Cobu 3-D, an upcoming 3-D movie, but plans to return for next fall'sDancing with the Stars edition.
The 11 celebrity participants -- which ABC announced Monday -- competing on Dancing with the Stars' twelfth season are actress and former Kirstie Alley's Big Life star Kirstie Alley, Loveline radio show host Mike Catherwood, Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, supermodel and former A Model Life star Petra Nemcova, retired boxer and former The Contender host Sugar Ray Leonard, actor and The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, Kendra and former The Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson, daytime talk show host Wendy Williams, rapper Romeo, and NFL football star Hines Ward.
Ballas will be partnered with Kane. He previously won Dancing with the Stars' sixth season with Kristi Yamaguchi, its eighth edition with Shawn Johnson, and is returning for his eighth season.
All 11 celebrities and their professional partners will perform a foxtrot 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 the following week on Tuesday, March 29 at 9PM ET/PT during Dancing with the Stars' twelfth season's first one-hour live results show.
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