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NBC reveals identities of 'Celebrity Circus' reality series participants


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/23/2008 

NBC has revealed the identities of the six stars competing on Celebrity Circus, a new Dancing with the Stars-like reality series that will follow celebrities as they compete alongside circus professionals.

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The six celebrities participating in Celebrity Circus are former Melrose Place and General Hospital actor Antonio Sabato Jr.; R&B soul singer Blu Cantrell; former The Brady Bunch actor, The Surreal Life houseguest and current My Fair Brady co-star Christopher Knight; Olympic gold medalist swimmer Janet Evans; former Jackass star Jason "Wee Man" Acuna; and former Dancing with the Stars participant, The Real Gilligian's Island castaway and supermodel Rachel Hunter.

Hosted by The Singing Bee host and former Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant Joey Fatone, Celebrity Circus will follow the six celebrities as they're pitted against one another in a head-to-head competition that will feature various challenges in the form of circus acts.

The cast will compete in fifteen Celebrity Circus challenges: walking the tight wire; juggling or twirling fire knives; a gymnastics routine with the flying cube; climbing the Spanish web; being shot 60-feet out of a human catapult; performing acrobatics on the wheel of death; the trapeze bungee act; an aerial fabric routine; performing in the German wheel; performing acrobatics on the aerial hoop; swinging from the ceiling while performing complex moves; and a hand balancing act.

The celebrities will be aided by "top experts" in the circus world who specialize in the aforementioned acts and also trained with the participants for eight weeks leading up to the competition.  In addition, the experts will also join the participants on stage during their performances to create a "rich, multidimensional act," according to NBC.

Following each performance the celebrity participants will be judged by Celebrity Circus' yet-to-be-announced judging panel, which will consist of "experts from the circus world." 

However it will be home viewers votes cast following each episode that will determine which celebrity is sent packing each week and who ultimately wins.

Celebrity Circus, which NBC first announced in January, will premiere Wednesday, June 11 at 9:30PM ET/PT, with 90-minute episodes continuing to air weekly in the Wednesdays at 9:30PM ET/PT time slot.

The show is produced by Endemol USA, with Matt Kunitz and Rick Ringbakk serving as executive producers.

(Photo credit NBC)


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