Ricki Lake Begins Dancing With The Stars Campaigning

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Aug. 30 2011, Published 4:30 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

That didn’t take long.

Ricki Lake -- who credits Kristie Alley as her inspiration -- wasted no time building a grassroots following for her stint on this fall's Dancing With The Stars, uploading a YouTube video Monday night in which claimed she's "more than a little nervous.

"I'm terrified!" Lake said shortly after ABC announced this season’s cast.

The Hairspray beauty said she's "hoping to channel Kirstie Alley because she's a great inspiration for me," in reference to the Look Who’s Talking Star’s solid run on ABC’s ballroom hit last season.

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"I need some pointers, and hopefully some votes," Lake said, "and I'm real excited and I cant want to start!"

Elsewhere, the rest of the cast addressed the upcoming season with tweets expressing their excitement and anticipation of appearing on the  star-studded show. Among them...

David Arquette: "It's official I'm doing Dancing with the Stars! I hope you find it entertaining and FUN! Thank you for the opportunity!"

Chaz Bono: "I so happy to finale confirm that I am doing DWTS this season and I couldn't be more excited about it."

Kristin Cavallari: "I can finally confirm...I'm on Dancing With The Stars this season!!! Already having so much fun."

College Student Melanie Moore Wins So You Think You Can Dance!

Nancy Grace: "I’ve been dying to tell you guys that I am on #DWTS. Can’t wait to share the journey with you!"

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Carson Kressley: "So excited to be part of the #DWTS cast for season 13!"

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Hope Solo: "Thx everyone 4 your support. I'm excited for this challenge but most importantly to try and raise awareness 4 women's soccer. #GoBigorGoHome."


Rob Kardashian: "I'm trending WORLDWIDE b***h!"

Dancing with the Stars 13th season begins on ABC Monday, September 19.


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