12 new celebrities are ready to take the dance floor on season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars." Here's a look at the cast, along with my initial thoughts and predictions.
*Snooki (MTV Star) - Snooki appears to be in good shape these days. Perhaps this is her way of showing the world that she is a fit momma who's ready to work hard at something. She's tiny, so she should be good at lifts, easy to fly. I'm guessing she'll come out strong and then go back to her old Snooki ways... drinking and coming across as ditzy in order to be entertaining.
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*KeyShawn Johnson (NFL Star) - I don't know much about KeyShawn, but NFL players always do well. They're forced to have fast feet and good coordination on the field, so taking it to the dance floor ain't no thing. In fact, for KeyShawn the dance floor is probably much more welcoming; no one is trying to tackle him... they're just trying to rock a pas de deux.
*Valerie Harper (Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") - This is crazy! Valerie is 74-years-old and was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year. She is defying the odds! Dancing may prove to be a healing (or harmful?) activity for her.
*Brant Daughtry (Noel on "Pretty Little Liars") - I had to Google him. I've never seen "Pretty Little Liars," but Brant looks cute and vivacious. "Dancing with the Stars" could be the show that puts him on the map.
*Christina Millan (singer) - "DWTS" may put Christina back on the map. We haven't heard much from her songwise, but we have heard her annoying voice on "The Voice" for the past few seasons. Sorry... I do not like her as "The Voice" Social Media Correspondent, whatever that means. However, as long as she shuts up, I do think she'll have an advantage on the dance floor.
*Bill Nye "The Science Guy" - I really just want him to do science experiments. You know they'll incorporate that into one of his dances, and we'll most certainly hear his theme song... "Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Nye the science guy." After that fun is done, I predict he'll turn out to be rather boring and get the boot early on.
*Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie on "Saved By The Bell") - If you can recall Elizabeth's stint in The Hot Sundaes on "Saved By The Bell," you know she'll go far. Girl has rhythm! She can also dance naked, as we saw in "Showgirls," so considering some of the costumes on "DWTS," I think Jessie... I mean Elizabeth... will do very well.
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*Corbin Bleu (Chad on "High School Musical") - Not fair... per Wikipedia, he's an actor, model, dancer, producer, and singer-songwriter. Corbin is already too talented for "DWTS." "High School Musical" says it all. How are you going to put this young stud up against 74-year-old Valerie Harper?!
*Amber Riley (Mercedes on "Glee") - Also not fair... she's on "Glee," the television show known for it's singing and dancing! I like Amber, and America will too when she uses "DWTS" as a means of losing weight. I'm not preaching that she needs to lose weight... what I'm saying is that there's always one. There is always at least one "DWTS" cast member that loses a great deal of weight while on the show (examples: Kelly Osbourne, Ricki Lake, Kirstie Alley). America loves a fun weight loss story.
*Bill Engvall (comedian, Blue Collar Comedy) - Once again, I don't know much about Bill. I just hope Bill doesn't try to make everything funny... it will backfire. Unless Bill turns out to be incredibly endearing, I don't think he'll last long.
*Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, brother of former "DWTS" contender Kelly Osbourne) - Jack will get the sympathy vote this season. Through the years, Jack has become incredibly lovable, and having been diagnosed with MS at the young age of 26, everyone wants to see him persevere. With an unbelievable amount of support, Jack will go far this season.
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*Leah Rimini (Carrie on "The King of Queens") - I just started watching all of the old "King of Queens" episodes, and I love Leah! She is a tough-ass lady, and I think she'll bring that to the dance floor. Plus, I think she'll wear the costumes really well; America will be surprised by how hot her tiny bod is. The only thing that might hold her back is all of the Scientology drama she's been faced with... no one wants to deal with that.
If I had to make the call right now, your final three will be:
3rd: Corbin Bleu
2nd: Leah Rimini
MIRROR BALL WINNER: KeyShawn Johnson