"Dancing With the Stars" Announces New Cast

The coveted mirrorball trophy is up for grabs once again as 13 superstars prepare to team up with professional dancers and face off on television's hit ballroom competition, "Dancing With the Stars." Past seasons have given actors, a racecar driver and two disabled contestants an opportunity to samba, fox trot and tango their way to victory.

Season eight, which begins March 9, brings seven men and six women the chance to hoist the super-silvery prize above their heads. And for the first time three real-life couples will face-off on the dance floor.

The Men


Ty Murray

Ty Murray may be the King of the Cowboys, but will that make him the King of the Ballroom? The rodeo cowboy has two challenges on his way to the top spot: mastering his ballroom dances ... and his wife.

That's right. Murray will take on his wife, the singer Jewel, in this season's "DWS." Murray, a Phoenix native, is in the Guinness World Records and has held the World All-Around Rodeo championship title seven times.

He's used to bulls bucking, but how well will he handle the judges' critiques?

Dancing With the Stars Contestants Season Eight


David Alan Grier

Funnyman David Alan Grier has been making audiences laugh for decades. Today he hosts "Chocolate News," a satirical look at news events affecting the African-American community.

He continues to do standup, but many fans will never forget his successful run on the African-American sketch show "In Living Color." Through the show, Grier brought his comedic sensibilities to the masses.

Will Grier be able to parlay his improvisational skills into mirrorball dominance?


Steve Wozniak

His name may not be as familiar as some of the other contestants, but the brand he helped create is as famous as any of them. Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple computers with Steve Jobs in 1976.

The company would go on to become a huge success, and Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000.

Perhaps the computer engineer will be able to devise just the right program to put him on top in the "DWS" competition.

Season Eight Contestants: Men


Chuck Wicks

Country hottie Chuck Wicks is one of two country music stars appearing on season eight of "DWS."

The crooner has released just one studio album, but it had a bit impact thanks to songs like "Stealing Cinderella" and "All I Ever Wanted."

The 29-year-old crooner may want to be paired with his girlfriend, two-time "DWS" champion Julianne Hough.


Gilles Marini

Gilles Marini may not have uttered a single word in last summer's hit movie "Sex and the City," but his impeccable bod did enough talking for Samantha and movie-goers.

As the scene-stealing Dante, the Casanova living in a beach house next door to Kim Cattrall's character, Marini's perfected pecs gave viewers something to swoon over.

Aside from the big screen, the California resident has appeared in "Ugly Betty," "Dirty, Sexy Money" and "Criminal Minds."

The French actor has two children, a son and a daughter, with wife Carole.

Season Eight Contestants


Steve-O

Steve-O has stapled his butt, squirted lemon juice into his eyes and eaten glass -- but can he seamlessly do a tango?

The 34-year-old stuntman, who came to fame on the MTV program "Jackass," is known for his insane stunts. He is never afraid to go to the extreme to shock and awe onlookers.

Sure Steve-O is a daredevil. But just how much will that help him when he faces the tart-tongued "DWS" judges?

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