Dancing with the Stars cast includes Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering, Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore

The cast of Dancing with the Stars 4 was announced this morning, and once again ABC is stretching the definition of “star” with at least half of its cast.

The 11 celebrities include Joey Fatone, who announced his participation last December, and also Heather Mills, who was revealed to be participating by a UK newspaper last week.

Also joining the cast: Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno; 90210’s Ian Ziering; Sopranos’ actor Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore; “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus; Laila Ali, a boxer and the daughter of Muhammad Ali; former Houston Rockets player Clyde Drexler; Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey; talk show host Leeza Gibbons; and supermodel and Playboy model Paulina Porizkova.

The new season debuts March 19.

Meet the New Cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [Good Morning America]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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