The leaks predicting major star-power proved true – and Michael Bolton will be lacing up his “Dancing” shoes too.
ABC unveiled its official line-up Monday for Season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars,” confirming that iconic “Dirty Dancing” actress Jennifer Grey, comedienne Margaret Cho and ex-“Baywatch” hunk David Hasselhoff have signed on as expected to compete on the reality TV competition.
Bristol Palin, the daughter of ex-Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, “Jersey Shore” breakout star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and R&B singer Brandy will also be included on this year’s “DWTS” cast as had been rumored, the show’s co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke announced during “Bachelor Pad.”
Rounding out the cast for the show, which is set to air Sept. 20 is: ex-Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, former-“The Hills” star Audrina Patridge, ex-Laker Rick Fox,“Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson and “That’s So Raven” actor Kyle Massey.
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Most of the cast was present for the unveiling. In a question-and-answer period that followed the big reveal, Palin said she hoped her mom would show up in the ballroom this season to cheer her on.
“She’s excited for me,” Palin told Brooke, Access Hollywood reported. “She knows that this is going to be hard work, but she’s excited.”
Hasselhoff, who was recently roasted by his peers on Comedy Central, said his daughters pushed for him to suit up.
“Dad you gotta go for it,” he recalled they said.
Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman opposite the late Patrick Swayze in the 1987 hit “Dirty Dancing,” cited her age – 50 – as a reason not to expect she might have a lock on the competition.
“It’s been a lot of years since then,” Grey said of her “Dancing” days.