Lil’ Kim, Jewel, Steve Wozniak, David Alan Grier, Belinda Carlisle, Steve-O among DWTS 8 cast

ABC announced the cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 during its prime-time line up Sunday night, and the 13 contestants includes its youngest quasi-celebrity ever, and also a husband and wife competing against one another while paired with dating dance pros. And although she said she was taking this season off, Julianne Hough; perhaps she needs more prime-time exposure for her music career.

The cast consists of Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, comedian David Alan Grier, singer Jewel, Olympian and 17-year-old Shawn Johnson, Lil’ Kim, Sex and the City movie naked guy Gilles Marini, cowboy and Jewel’s husband Ty Murray, Jackasss Steve-O, Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell, annoying Denise Richards, former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor, singer Chuck Wicks, and Apple founder and Kathy Griffin ex Steve Wozniak aka Woz.

The most quote-unquote of the stars, Chuck Wicks, is actually dating Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough, with whom he’ll dance, a first for the show. Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, who are dating, will be paired with Jewel and Ty Murray respectively, so there will be lots of relationship drama to over-sensationalize there.

The cast does not include Donny Osmond, who lied about being on the show, nor Paula Abdul, who was implausibly rumored to be on the show. However, Ashton Kutcher was correct about L.T.

13 New Stars Get Set… [ABC press release]

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