Uh oh. I sense trouble from this trio of blondes.

By Gina Carbone

I just wonder how fixed Vienna Girardi’s smile is going to be when watching her “Bachelor” fiancé Jake Pavelka dance with hot little Chelsie Hightower on season 10 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Chelsie was on my favorite season of “So You Think You Can Dance” (she wasn’t my favorite dancer, although I loved her original partner, Mark. My heart belongs to Joshua and Katee) and she’s a funky little flirt.

She danced with snowboarder Louie Vito last season and I believe Aaron Carter was nursing a crush on her while dancing with Karina Smirnoff (who was cut from the competition).

Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray

She also had great chemistry with Jewel’s hubby, Ty Murray.

Anyway, ABC released a press release with the full celeb and pro pairings.

Since the pros are the real stars, to me, this is the key announcement.

No offense to lovely Anna Trebunskaya but I’m disappointed that dreamy Evan Lysacek didn’t get someone a little more fun, like Karina or Chelsie or Kym Johnson (nowhere to be found and she’s the reigning champion. Odd.) Or Lacey Schwimmer, who is gone for some reason this season. Or Julianne Hough, the best dancer on the show, who is probably never coming back.

I think Jake will do well with Chelsie.

I think anyone paired with Cheryl Burke will do well — and suffer for it.

But at this point it seems clear that Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and my boy Derek Hough are the team to beat.

Sex appeal like mad. Get ready for a lot of “raunchy” complaints from head judge Len Goodman and some mad drooling and unintelligible gibberish from Bruno Tonioli.




The “Dancing with the Stars” Pros Begin Training Their New Celebrity Partners,

As the Couples Get Set to Showcase Their Fancy Footwork

One New Professional Ballroom Dancer Joins the Show, Damian Whitewood

An all-new cast of celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In alphabetical order, and with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their ballroom dancing debut are:

  • BUZZ ALDRIN, legendary astronaut, partners up with ASHLY COSTA (formerly DelGrosso), who returns for her fourth season.
  • PAMELA ANDERSON, actress and model, joins professional dancer DAMIAN WHITEWOOD, who makes his “Dancing with the Stars” debut this season.
  • ERIN ANDREWS, ESPN host, teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his eighth season.
  • SHANNEN DOHERTY, actress, teams up with two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his sixth season.
  • KATE GOSSELIN, TLC star, teams with TONY DOVOLANI, who returns for his ninth season.
  • EVAN LYSACEK, Olympic figure skating champion, teams with ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her fifth season.
  • NIECY NASH, comedienne and host, teams up with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his sixth season
  • CHAD OCHOCINCO, NFL Star, teams up with two-time champion CHERYL BURKE, who returns for her ninth season.
  • JAKE PAVELKA, “The Bachelor” star, joins CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who returns for her third season.
  • NICOLE SCHERZINGER, pop star, teams with Season 7 champ DEREK HOUGH, who returns for his sixth season.
  • AIDEN TURNER, soap star, teams with EDYTA SLIWINSKA, who is the only pro to compete in all 10 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.”

All 11 teams will showcase their fancy footwork for the first time on MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), with no eliminations in first week of the competition. In week two, all of the couples will return and try to outshine each other once again in a two-hour show, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for both performances will be sent home on TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.”

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast and until 12:00 Noon, ET the following day.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who all return for their tenth season together.