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Former '90210' star Jennie Garth going 'Dancing With the Stars'

By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 06/13/2007 

Dancing with the Stars has apparently become the publicity platform of choice for former Beverly Hills 90210 stars.

After Ian Ziering finished fourth with professional partner Cheryl Burke during Dancing with the Stars' recently concluded fourth season, it was reported that Tori Spelling -- his fellow former 90210 star and current co-star of Oxygen's Tori & Dean: Inn Love -- was in discussions with producers to appear on the show's Fall 2007 installment.  Now Ziering has spilled the beans that he talked another fellow former 90210 star, Jennie Garth, into two-stepping on Dancing with the Stars, In Touch Weekly reported in its June 18 issue.

"We texted each other back and forth," Ziering told In Touch about his conversations with Garth, who unlike most of the rest of her former 90210 co-stars, found four more seasons of regular television work on The WB's What I Like About You sitcom after 90210 ended its 10-year run in 2000.  What I Like About You ended its 4-year run in 2006.

"She had a lot of trepidation at first," Ziering told In Touch.  "And as an actor, it's scary because there is no second take. If you screw up, it's out there for everyone to see."

Garth's publicist Nicole Nassar confirmed In Touch's report to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.  "It's official [Garth will be doing the show next season]," Nassar told Access Hollywood.

ABC, which has a policy of not commenting on any Dancing with the Stars casting reports, had no comment on Garth's announcement.  A formal ABC announcement about the identities of Dancing with the Stars' fifth-season participants isn't expected to come until the celebrities begin practicing with their professional partners (last fall's cast announcement came in mid-August, only four weeks before the third season's September 2006 premiere.)

Garth's willingness to compete on Dancing with the Stars apparently represents a change of heart for the 35-year-old actress.

"Don't even say it, no," replied Garth when asked by Access Hollywood in April if she had any intention of joining the show's cast.  "I can't imagine for my sake and all of America's sake, it would not be good."

However Garth gave birth to her third child with husband Peter Facinelli in September, so she's reportedly looking to continue to shed the baby weight she gained -- which is the same reason that Spelling, who gave giving birth to her first child in March, reportedly gave friends about why she was also in talks to appear in Dancing with the Stars.

Even prior to Garth and Spelling expressing interest in Dancing with the Stars, Jason Priestley, their fellow former 90210 cast member, apparently felt the need to state he had no plans to follow in Ziering's footsteps.

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