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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Travis Cody in

It's the cast for Season 13!

As with most cast announcements for DWTS, this group is getting pounded by everyone with an opinion.  But you know me...I do my best to give every celebrity a chance to prove it in the ballroom.  Since the very first season, the show has been fluffy entertainment starring outstanding professional ballroom talent paired with C- and D- list celebrities.  I'm not sure why some profess surprise when those are the types of celebrities that are cast each time.

Here's how I see it.  Ballroom dancing is hard and if you want to do well on the show, there just isn't any time to play at a persona.  So if a celebrity finds that he or she can pick up the steps and the rhythms of what they are asked to do, they'll quickly shed all the foolishness and focus on learning what they need to learn.  Fans may or may not like the person, but the more abrasive characteristics aren't as exaggerated because each celebrity knows they need the fan vote to stick around.

If a celebrity can't pick up the steps and doesn't have the rhythm or musicality to stick around for long, then we'll get the persona on overdrive so the celebrity can plug what he or she came to plug for as long as they can get their specific fan base to hang in and pick up the phone.

So with my opinion out of the way, here are the celebrities for Season 13!

Carson Kressley...Emmy winning host, celebrity stylist, author, and fashion designer

Chaz Bono...LGBT rights advocate, author, and motivational speaker

Chynna Phillips...singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist

David, writer, director, and producer

Elisabetta, fashion icon, and philanthropist

Hope Solo...goalkeeper for US Women's National soccer team, goalkeeper of the year in 2009 for St Louis in the Women's Professional league, 2-time WPS all star currently playing for MagicJack

JR Martinez...wounded Iraq war veteran, motivational speaker, and actor

Kristin, fashion designer, and humanitarian

Nancy Grace...advocate for victim's rights, author, and legal analyst

Ricki Lake...daytime television host, actor, author, and producer

Rob Kardashian...entrepreneur

Ron champion NBA player and activist for education

Seriously, I don't see anything out of bounds with this cast.  I don't recognize some of the names, but I do recognize quite a few of them.  The professional pairings will be announced on Wednesday.

Season 13 premiers on 19 September!!

Reason 66:  Because, "Love is better than anger.  Hope is better than fear.  Optimism is better than despair.  So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic.  And we'll change the world."  Jack Layton (1950-2011), leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, who lost his battle with cancer and passed on 22 August.

Join us on 4 November.  You know you want to.


  1. While I don't follow the show, I have to hand it to the casting director for finding a unique assortment of people.

    Interesting cast!

  1. It's been on 13 seasons? You've gotta be kidding me!

  1. When I saw this my immediate reaction was - "gee a cast of celebrities without anyone who has a dance background or someone 70 years old - that is GOOD!"

    Seems like the most well-balanced cast in a few seasons...anyone's game!

  1. I had to stop have a fave yet?

    Want to bet who is voted off first?

    I did have thoughts like Vinny's...but still...a couple of these picks are a little out there.

  1. The most "interesting" cast yet. This will be fun to watch.

  1. Linda says:

    I tend to not watch the show because I tend to not watch a whole lot of TV except at work but if I had to pick a favorite it would be David Arquette simply because he's a goof - and I'm a big fan of goofs!

    My one hope is that people vote for the dancing and not for the issues no matter what they may be.

  1. Still sorta scratching my head over Ron Artest. Of course, Ron Artest makes me shake me head anyway...