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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 10 Contestants Revealed!

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 10 Contestants Revealed!

The tenth season of Dancing with the Stars will kick off later this month with the following contestants: Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, The Bachelor‘s Jake Pavelka, reality mom Kate Gosselin, figure skater Evan Lysacek, sportscaster Erin Andrews, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, football star Chad Ochocinco, 90210 alumna Shannen Doherty, soap star Aiden Turner and comedienne Niecy Nash.

The two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars airs on Monday, March 22 @ 8-10PM ET on ABC. I didn’t tune in for the previous nine seasons of DWTS but with contestants like these, I may start!

Click inside to read all of the contestants’ bios…

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 10 Contestants

BUZZ ALDRIN – Astronaut, scientist/inventor, bestselling author, advocate for man’s future in space, Buzz Aldrin is considered one of the greatest heroes of space exploration. On July 20, 1969, he and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people — the world’s largest television audience in history — witnessed this unprecedented, heroic endeavor. Upon his return from the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. Born in 1930, Aldrin was educated at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He then joined the Air Force, where he flew 66 combat missions in Korea and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Dr. Aldrin received his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT before being selected by NASA in 1963. He devised docking and rendezvous techniques for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit which became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs. He has received three U.S. patents for his schematics of a modular space station, founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to advancing space education. An accomplished writer whose work has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, Aldrin has most recently written an autobiography entitled Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon. Named after Aldrin are Asteroid “6470 Aldrin,” “Aldrin Crater” on the moon, Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story,” and the MTV Music Video Award “The Moonman” was originally called “The Buzzy” and is shaped in his image.

PAMELA ANDERSON – Model, actress, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, Pamela Anderson is a sex symbol who has appeared on more magazine covers than any other star of her generation and was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as “most downloaded.” Introduced to television audiences as the “Tool Time Girl” on the hit series “Home Improvement, ” Anderson went on to star in the global phenomenon “Baywatch.” Her other television work includes the hit series “V.I.P.” and her recent documentary series “Pam – Girl on the Loose.” Among her film work is her star turn in “Barb Wire” and “Borat,” in which she played herself and the object of Borat’s affections. Current projects include her role as the “face” of the current campaign for the work of legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, and her partnership with her friend, designer Richie Rich, on the A*Muse brand – a line of clothing inspired by Anderson and created by Rich. Anderson recently launched her own fragrance, Malibu by Pamela Anderson (along with other beauty-related products, all now available in drug stores worldwide). She also continues her extensive charity work in many areas – among which PETA remains her first love.

ERIN ANDREWS – Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. Having begun her career at ESPN as a reporter for the network’s NHL coverage, Andrews has served as a reporter for “ESPN College Football Saturday” telecasts, “Saturday Primetime” college basketball games and Big Ten college basketball coverage. In 2005 she began reporting from the sidelines of the “ESPN College Football Primetime” series on Thursday nights, and added Major League Baseball sideline reporting to her responsibilities, including the “Monday Night Baseball” telecasts. Andrews has been a reporter on ESPN’s College World Series telecasts since 2005 and has worked ABC’s coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a reporter since 2008. A native of Lewiston, Maine, Andrews graduated from the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Gators’ basketball dance team from 1997-2000.

SHANNEN DOHERTY – Shannen Doherty is a television icon known throughout the world. She rose to stardom for her portrayal of Brenda Walsh in the popular television series “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and later as Prue Halliwell on “Charmed,” after beginning her career at 11 as Jenny Wilder in “Little House: A New Beginning.” Over the course of her career, Doherty has appeared in numerous made-for-TV-movies, television series and films, including “Heathers” and “Mallrats.” She later went on to produce and star in her own reality show, “Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty,” for the Oxygen Network in 2006. Recently Doherty reprised her role as Brenda Walsh on the CW’s spin off “90210,” and completed filming on the Hallmark made-for-TV-movie, “Growing the Big One.” She is also the author of the upcoming book Bad Ass from publisher Clarkson Potter.

KATE GOSSELIN — Kate Gosselin has the joy, frustration and honor of raising eight children — twins and sextuplets — in central Pennsylvania. The daily lives of her family were previously chronicled for five seasons on TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” Gosselin is a sought-after speaker, author of the New York Times bestselling books Multiple Blessings and Eight Little Faces, and is currently in production on a new show for TLC. Her newest book, I Just Want You to Know, will be in stores this spring.

EVAN LYSACEK – Olympic gold medalist and World Figure Skating champion Evan Lysacek has been skating since the age of 8, when he received a pair of hockey skates. His win in Vancouver was the first in 22 years for an American male figure skater at the Olympics. A native of Naperville, IL, Lysacek relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to train with Frank Carroll who, in addition to his Olympic and World titles, has also coached Lysacek to two U.S. National titles and a 4th-place showing at the Torino Games in 2006. This spring Lysacek will also be touring as a member of the cast of “Stars on Ice.”

NIECY NASH — The host and producer of the Style Network’s home makeover show, “Clean House,” Niecy Nash is a two-time 2009 Daytime Emmy nominee and the new Celebrity Panelist for the entertainment news program, “The Insider.” She recently won a 2010 Gracie Award for her role as no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Central hit, “Reno 911!” and it’s spin-off film, “Reno 911: Miami.” In 2008 Nash starred in her own FOX comedy series, “Do Not Disturb.” She is also well-known for her recurring role on the comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show.” Her most recent film work includes “Not Easily Broken” and Walt Disney Pictures’ “G-Force.” Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. The proud mother of three adoring children, when asked what her hobbies are, Nash proudly replies, “motherhood,” which she considers her greatest success in life.

CHAD OCHOCINCO – Chad Ochocinco is one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him from Oregon State in 2001. In his 9th season with the Bengals, he holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards of all time, the most receptions, the most receiving yards in a game, the most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and the most touchdowns in a game. He is a six-time Pro-Bowler and was named All-Pro three times. He made headlines in 2008 when he legally changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco to match his jersey number, “85.” Currently the spokesman for Degree, teaming up with them to endorse their line of men’s deodorant products, Ochocinco’s popularity can best be seen by his use of social media sites like Twitter and Ustream. Alternatively, Rock Software has produced an iPhone Application that gives users the ultimate “Ocho Cinco Experience.” Whether it is teaming with coporations to give away hundreds of seats to a Bengals game or racing a thoroughbred for charity, Ochocinco understands the importance of giving back and staying grounded to his roots. On a more global scale, he has partnered with Feed the Children to raise awareness of the worldwide epidemic of hunger and poverty among children.

JAKE PAVELKA — As the handsome commercial pilot and most recent bachelor looking for love on ABC’s “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” Jake Pavelka has the reputation as an honest guy with an open heart. He has been a fan favorite since viewers were stunned when Jillian Harris rejected him right before the hometown dates on the previous season’s “The Bachelorette.” With a positive outlook on the experience, Pavelka won over the hearts of many and met his match when he narrowed 25 lucky bachelorettes down to one this past season. An accomplished pilot, he grew up in Denton, Texas and attended University of North Texas and Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science. Pavelka became an airline captain flight instructor at 23. On his days off, he has fun flying acrobatic planes and woodworking at the home he owns near Dallas.

NICOLE SCHERZINGER – Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a singer, songwriter, trained actress, performer and the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. She was asked to join the Pussycat Dolls recording group as the lead singer after being recognized from her success on the TV show “Popstars” and the group Eden’s Crush. The Pussycat Dolls’ 2006 debut album, “PCD,” went double-platinum in America and sold over 9 million copies worldwide, with several Top 10 hits songs, including “Don’t Cha”, “Buttons” and “Stickwitu”. Following the success of “PCD,” Scherzinger recorded a series of duets and guest vocal appearances with artists such as P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Vittorio and several others. She also released two solo singles and videos before recording the second Pussycat Dolls album, “Doll Domination,” which to date has sold over 5 million copies and features hits like “When I grow Up and “I Hate This Part.” Scherzinger has toured the world as a headline act for over six years, playing stadiums and arenas and appearing on countless TV shows. In 2009 she wrote and recorded an adaptation of the AR Rahman song, “Jai Ho,” from the film “Slumdog Millionaire.” The song went #1 in 17 countries. Scherzinger is currently writing and recording new songs for release in 2010 while pursuing her love for acting and musical theater.

AIDEN TURNER – Aiden Turner was born on April 2, 1977 in Hertforshire, England and was educated at St. Edmund’s College. He attended culinary school to pursue his love of cooking, and for two years he worked as a chef in Hertford. While doing so, he taught himself how to mix music, and so he also began working at night as a DJ. He then went on to follow his dream to travel all over the world, visiting Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and North America. He studied acting at the Method Studio Covent Garden in London, which helped him land commercial and television castings. He was cast for the role of Aiden Devane on ABC’s “All My Children” in 2002. He played that role for eight years, and recently left the show to pursue other acting opportunities in film and television.

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  • Ashley

    I’m already rooting for Pamela Anderson and Jake Pavelka.

  • SaSSy

    *gasp* Evan! Yes yes, I’ll be rooting for him.

  • Dan

    OMG i can’t believe Nicole joined this cast, i seriously can’t believe it.
    Well whatever Pamela and Nicole FTW!

  • sdfhsvs

    nicole is for sure gonna win

  • shenanyginz

    aidan turner ftw! he is fione

  • Ms Anonymous


  • emmaa

    Pretty good cast. I think Nicole has an advantage though.
    I’d like to see Evan win!

  • Ms Anonymous

    If you vote for Kate, you’re voting for a woman who constantly abused Jon and the kids, and sold her childrens futures to the devil. She has ruined her kids forever!

  • Ms Anonymous

    Also, nobody wants to hear Kate speak.

  • Liv

    Evan Lysacek!YAY!

  • uhmm

    im rooting for nicole. shes got some moves

  • John

    Kate… Really??? What can you say… I know one thing she has more free time than I do and I only have 2 kids. I want a tv show for doing nothing.

  • zaraaaa

    BEST SEASON YET! omg evan is going to rock omg no questions

  • yo sista

    Dancing with the Flops.

  • Gintare

    i agree with you, she is a good dancer

  • Catchy

    way to go, Evan. big sport is not for you.
    your gold medal was just a lucky accident.

  • …I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    ..pamela anderson?!? ahahahahaha.. she’s still whōrīng?!!? ahahahahaha.. i hope they disinfect the floor when she’s done dancing.
    ..jake pavelka?!? the 1000th bachelor?! ahahahahahaha.. from one reality show straight the next. he’s really racking up the pathetic whōrīng points now isn’t he.
    ..kate gosselin? c”mon.. the jokes write themselves.
    ..nicole scherzinger could easily win this contest. easily! she’s a sexier dancer than the shows “professionals”. ahahahaha.. too bad she’s so sexy and overly sexual that women all around the country will be hating HARD.

  • shirley McGurk


  • boo

    Kate Gosselin is the new Heather Mills.

  • w

    Seriously, Jake the Bachelor? Um, no. Did we not suffer enough? He’s not a star (a lot of these contestants aren’t) and he has NO personality.

    kate Gosselin needs to go the eff away. TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS AND STOP FAMEWHORING!

    Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls. I don’t care if she has an advantage (which she so clearly does) because they always needs someone who csn actually dance to counter all the ones you know can’t (Buzz Aldrin, really?). This is not like Idol, They don’t win money, so who cares.

    Pamela Anderson won’t last long, women watch this show and they NEVER support sexy women models/etc. She’ll be gone in the first two weks unless she’s some amazing dancer.

  • Roar

    I think i’ts unfair to put Evan and Nicole with the others

  • shell

    I never watch this show but since Erin Andrews is on it I might watch this season…she’s hottt!!!

  • Jen

    This has the potential to be the worst season yet and last season was pretty bad. I feel like it’s unfair to have Nicole on there because everyone knows she can dance, so there will be the same “she has an advantage” controversy that they seem to have every season. Kate Gosselin really ruins the WHOLE SHOW. I can’t stand her. She should be at home taking care of her kids.

    I’ll be rooting for Evan, Buzz Aldrin, Erin Andrews, and Chad Ochocinco because i’m sure he’ll be hilarious.

  • You/Me

    This seems like a great cast, I think I may actually start watching the show again this season. I haven’t watched since my boy Emmitt Smith won, every season has sucked since then. There are a couple of wtf’s in there….Nicole Sherzinger?? But Neicy Nash and Ochocinco are going to make this a show wirth watching!! I also like Shannon Doherty just because she was on Charmed,lol.


    Lets see now Erin famous for her peep hole hotel tapes..WHINEY
    WE GET SOMEONE FROM THAT SHOW.. please and than you have
    no one that any one wants to see. no wonder 5 dancers quit..DON’T

  • terri

    Go shannon!

  • Michael Jones

    I’m glad to see that Nicole Scherzinger, my favorite Pussycat Doll, is a contestant this 10th season. I think she will definitely add some of the expected flavor to the show. I also think she will be in the top three when the winner is being considered. I love the show!

  • n_n

    Pamela Anderson = X
    Chad Ochocinco = Bad Temper (I love that lol)
    Aiden Turner = Who?
    Erin Andrews = X
    Shannen Doherty = Also Bad Temper (Love it!)
    Buzz Aldrin = Another grandpa??
    Niecy Nash = X
    Nicole Scherzinger = A Diva wannabe?
    Evan Lysacek = He can really dance!!
    Kate Gosselin = Super BAD TEMPER!!!
    Bachelor Jake = WHO???

  • Reality Show Chick

    “Dancing With The Stars?” Really, Jake? Aren’t you a pilot? Just because you got two hours of primetime television dedicated to you each week for three months doesn’t mean Obama is going to start rescheduling State of Union addresses around you.

    You got WAY more than the 15 minutes you deserved. Enough already. Take Vienna back to her trailer park and make some babies.

  • Marieme

    Wow. Three different reality shows in under a year? Guess Jake really loves the spotlight. A lot.

  • Dawg

    It has finally happened. ABC has run out of talent to put on the show.

  • Diego

    I can’t believe Nicole will be on DWTS aka Dancin with the Has-Beens

  • krista

    ABC had really got to be desperate to have this line up. Kate Gosselin? Are you freaking kidding me. That woman is poison and her new boobs are already hanging out for everyone to see. Jake the Bachelor. Is that guy clinging to the spotlight or what. Evan and Nicole have a huge advantage in terms of the dancing so it hardly seems fair. DWTS has really gone downhill in a big way. At least have real athletes and real celebrities. Don’t feed those with no talent who are so needy for the spotlight.

  • militarysinglesusa

    neil armrstong!

  • Kerri Yasinski



  • tanya

    nicole is already a dancer.. that gives her more of an advantage.. thats not fair in my opinion

  • lakers fan in boston

    my god, what a bunch of losers
    next year ur gonna see hohan on there as well guaranteed
    i dont no who would waste their time watching this crappy show, it’s beyond watchable

  • iwannaseethis

    im rooting for jake and kate….this should be fun to watch..haha