Nancy Grace, David Arquette, Ron Artest, Chaz Bono among surprisingly impressive Dancing with the Stars cast

Dancing with the Stars announced its cast during a fake press conference tonight following Bachelor Pad, and the show basically has the high-profile cast that it wanted, as it’s a rather recognizable and impressive group, especially for this show. Also, it does not include Jersey Shore‘s Snooki, despite tabloids’ repeated insistence that it would.

The cast consists of actor David Arquette; L.A. Lakers player Ron Artest; HLN host Nancy Grace, who’s seeking justice for lil’ Caylee; activist and Becoming Chaz star Chaz Bono, who was formerly known as Chastity Bono; former and about-to-be talk show host Ricki Lake; singer Chynna Phillips, who was part of Wilson Phillips; Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley, who has gone on to host other reality shows; Italian actor and model Elisabetta Canalis, who may be best known for dating George Clooney until this past June; The Hills star Kristin Cavallari; reality star Rob Kardashian; J.R. Martinez, an actor on All My Children and Iraq war veteran; and United States women’s national goalkeeper Hope Solo.

So, while half the cast consists of reality stars and/or people who aren’t at all household names, six are people with name recognition outside of reality TV. And it’s a good mix of personalities that should help the show find a bit more life this fall.

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