I point out this article in The Seattle Times in particular because I found what they had to say about the teams rather amusing. Here are a few excerpts:
Gather ’round, fellow “Dancing with the Stars” fans, and let us mourn: Gilles Marini is no longer on the show, and none of the new contestants are slinky Frenchmen.
Regardless, everyone’s favorite guilty-pleasure, ballroom-dancing-with-the-C-list reality show is back, to steal our Monday nights and remind us of some of the great mysteries of life: namely, sequined pants, orange spray-tans and Samantha Harris.
Who? 21-year-old pop singer, Backstreet Boy relative (brother to Nick Carter) and former reality-show participant (“House of Carters”).
Any hope? Sure; pop singers generally know how to move.
Partner: The fabulously named Karina Smirnoff, in her seventh season.
Who? Actor/musician, but better known for being George Hamilton’s son and Shannen Doherty’s momentary husband.
Any hope? Let’s hope he does better than his famously tan father did on the show (in Season 2).
Partner: The marvelously slinky and frequently near-naked Edyta Sliwinska.
My personal favorite –
Who? Model, best known for one of those “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” PETA campaigns.
Any hope? Um, who?
Partner: Hold the phone — she’s dancing with the marvelous Derek Hough.