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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Dancing With the Stars 2011: Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio join cast

By Jen Chaney

The cast of the 12th season of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced last night. And it's fair to say that the most talked-about contestant could be Kirstie Alley, who, when asked why she decided to join the cast after turning down requests during previous seasons, was unable to come up with an answer.

"I don't know, pass that to someone else," she said.

Already deflecting and acting flaky during the press conference. That's a fabulous sign.

Also joining the cast this season: Ralph Macchio (who will undoubtedly be subjected to numerous "wax on-wax off" jokes); Wendy Williams; Sugar Ray Leonard, who hopefully will do some sort of climactic dance-off against Dicky Eklund of "The Fighter" fame; Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Chelsea Kane; Kendra Wilkinson; wrestler Chris Jericho; rapper Romeo; and "Loveline" host Mike Catherwood.

Not as intriguing as last season. But on the plus side, there's also not an obvious Jennifer Grey-esque ringer in the bunch. Personally, I'm rooting for Johnny from "The Outsiders."

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 9:55 AM ET
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This is such an odd allotment of people I may be forced to watch this season.

Posted by: kvs09 | March 1, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only that thinks of the lead singer of the Plasmatics every time the name Wendy Williams is mentioned?

How cool would THAT DWTS have been if she were still alive?!!? She'd already have the outfit, electrical tape & a Catholic schoolgirl skirt, & it'd be so much more dangerous, I mean watchable, with all those chainsaws around!!

The only that would be better.....ZOMBIE WENDY O!!!

In fact, the next cast of DWTS should all be zombies!! They could bring Buzz Aldrin & Chloris Leachman back!

Posted by: wadejg | March 1, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Wade, I'd watch that DWTS. It would be Plasmatic Fantastic.

Also, is it true the producers only asked Hines Ward because Ben Roethlisberger was in the ladies room when they called to ask him to be on the show?

Posted by: byoolin1 | March 1, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Great to see Ralph Macchio - I could see him and Steve Buscemi playing brothers together in some film!

Posted by: msellaneous | March 1, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, there is at least the possibility that all of them will turn out to be actual dancers, isn't there? Unlike poor Bristol.

Posted by: carolyn4driving1 | March 1, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

msellaneous, Ralph Macchio was handsome and charming in his recurring role as one of beautiful older sister Hilda's love interests on "Ugly Betty" a season or two ago.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 1, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I predict this to be the most boring season yet with has beens and a bunch of unknown wannabees. Sugar Ray Leonard, Macheo and Kirstie Alley are the ones most recognized, the rest need to crawl back under a rock.

Posted by: GitBackJoJo | March 1, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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