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Kate Gosselin faces stiff competition on "Dancing with the Stars"

In-the-news celebrities, including Olympic gold-medal winning figure skater Evan Lysacek, secret-video victim/ESPN on-air talent Erin Andrews, and The World's Most Put-Upon Mom Kate Gosselin, will be joined by other, more established celebs like "Original Moonwalker" Buzz Aldrin, aging "model/actress" Pamela Anderson, professional difficult person/actress Shannen Doherty, and a bunch of others on the next round of ABC"s "Dancing with the Stars."

Photo gallery: DWTS contestants

And, just moments after "The Bachelor" Jake Pavelka proposed to this season's Most Hated Contestant, Vienna, on that dating competition's finale Monday night, ABC announced that Pavelka - The Man with No Judgment -- will see if he isn't better dancing than he is at picking out a mate.

As previously reported in The TV Column, Gosselin, star of Silver Spring-based TLC network's reality series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," was chosen to be one of the competitors despite having admitted on "The Jay Leno Show" that she "so cannot dance."

Ringmaster Tom Bergeron rolled out the 2010 "Dancing With the Stars" class. See who made the lineup. (AP File Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Gosselin will have some serious competition if she expects to win the competition's Miss Tabloid Victim crown; Andrews made headlines several months ago dealing with a stalker guy who had secretly videotaped her in the nude while she thought she was in the privacy of her hotel room.

Gosselin will also have to grapple with the distinct possibility she's going to be upstaged - and Gosselin hates being upstaged - by Lysacek, who's something of an American hero at the moment, owing to his upset victory over Russian Evgeni Plushenko in the Olympic men's figure skating competition. After the judges awarded Lysacek the gold, he immediately got slammed by people who thought he had not deserved the win. At the epicenter of the controversy: Plushenko had executed a quadruple jump during his performance; Lysacek did not. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin even got into the act. Let's see Gosselin try to top THAT!

ABC forced fanatic fans of "Dancing" to slog through the two-hour finale of "The Bachelor" Monday night to find out who was competing on the next "Dancing." We had been told that throughout the show - which, we cannot mention enough, was two hours long --"DWTS" host Tom Bergeron and former cast member Melissa Rycroft would periodically pop up and drop the name of another new celebrity dancer, like they were leaving a trail of bread crumbs to help us find our way safely through the Enchanted But Not in a Good Way Forest. But instead, "DWTS" fanatics found themselves wandering through the scary forest with no bread crumbs to help them and Bergeron/Rycroft didn't show up until 9:55 p.m. to toss out nearly the whole bag of crumbs.

But they saved the announcement of a "very special" "DWTS" cast member for the post-finale "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose." Only Very Special Person turned out just to be Pavelka -- apparently Bergeron was not actually watching "The Bachelor" finale.

During the finale, Pavelka proposed to 23-year-old Vienna, the marketing representative from Florida who had already been crowned this season's token Most Universally Disliked, according to The TV Column's "The Bachelor" analyst Emily Yahr, who reports that Vienna's tagline was "I didn't come here to make friends." Pavelka rejected 25-year-old Tenley, the bubbly college admissions representative from Oregon with whom he said he lacked "physical chemistry." Men!

Here's the complete "DWTS" lineup with ABC's tag on each:

Buzz Aldrin , astronaut
Pamela Anderson , model/actress
Erin Andrews , ESPN sideline reporter
Shannen Doherty , actress
Kate Gosselin , reality TV star
Evan Lysacek , Olympic figure skater
Niecy Nash , comedian/actress
Chad Ochocinco , wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals
Jake Pavelka , star of this past season's "The Bachelor"
Nicole Scherzinger , lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls
Aiden Turner , actor

By Lisa de Moraes  |  March 2, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
Categories:  TV News  | Tags: Dancing with the Stars,  
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Kate Gosselin????? What are they thinking? DWTS was such a good show, I loved it, but will not watch that woman. Just hope she gets the boot early so I can see part of this season.
I'm just shaking my head. Those poor kids.

Posted by: northerner1 | March 2, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Good Gravy! Wasn't her 15 minutes of fame used up years ago?

Posted by: sosueme1 | March 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I've never actually watched "The Bachelor," my knowledge of it extends no farther than what I have seen from "The Soup" and what i can glean from Magazine covers at the grocery store.

But, the guy picked The Skank, right? Nice. I called that one months ago.

He's not actually going to Marry her. He's already using his reality "stardom" as a springboard to bigger and better things (or at least, another reality show). So he picks The Skank, enjoys the fruits of their "Physical Chemistry" for a while and then dumps her.

I actually respect him more. Dude knows how to play the Reality Show Game.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Good Gravy! Wasn't her 15 minutes of fame used up years ago?"


Apparently not, but something of hers was used up years ago.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Buzz Aldrin Evan Lysacek Jake Pavelka and Chad Ochocinco

Posted by: gpoi | March 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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