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New Season Of Dancing With The Stars Set To Begin


Mar. 21 2011, Published 4:25 a.m. ET

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Put on your dancing shoes.

The 12th season of Dancing With The Stars kicks off Monday, with Playboy Playmate-turned-E! star Kendra Wilkinson, WWE wrestler-turned-best-selling author Chris Jericho and Look Who's Talking star Kirstie Alley among the most notable contestants.

Also in this season's cast: boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward; Czech model Petra Nemcova; Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, Loveline's Mike Catherwood; rapper Romeo; Disney star Chelsea Kane; and the "Queen Of All Media" Wendy Williams.

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The stars' Twitter pages have been abuzz with excitement over the impending season of the ABC hit. 

"Who's excited for "Dancing With The Stars"...??" Kendra tweeted. "Which dance are you excited to see me and dance partner Louis Van Amstel do?"

Alley wrote, mentioning her hunky dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “GOOD morning my darling leading will be as remarkable tonight as you always have been....lead me Maks..Lead me."

Sugar Ray Leonard

Jericho tweeted: "Had a tough rehearsal today at CBS studios but it felt good to get the jitters out. However tomorrow is SHOWTIME...and that's where I live." VIDEO: Chelsea Kane Talks About New Season Of ‘Dancing’

"Awesome work last few days," Macchio tweeted. "Overwhelming, exciting, exhausting - body is aching but inspired 4 u all 2 c dwts Monday! Me & dance partner Karina Smirnoff."

Dancing With The Stars kicks off with a live, two-hour premiere Monday night on ABC at 8/7c.



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