The popular "Dancing with the Stars" returns to television to begin its fourth season. Athletes will dance to the finish starting Monday, March 19th at 8:00p.m Eastern.
Among the athletes are a current Olympic Gold Medalist, a member of the 1992 Men's U.S. Olympic Basketball Dream Team, and an undefeated female boxer - the first female athlete to compete on the series.
Celebrities joining them include a singer/actor who stars alongside his daughter in one of the Disney Channel's most popular programs, a former member of one of the biggest selling music groups of all-time, and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and activist for Adopt-a-Minefield.
"Good Morning America," announce Wednesday, the eleven stars making their ballroom dancing debut and their professional dance partners are:
LAILA ALI - Ali, an undefeated world champion female boxer and youngest daughter of sports legend Muhammad Ali, takes her footwork to the ballroom dance floor on "Dancing with the Stars." Outside the ring, Ali has graced countless international magazine covers such as Glamour and Italian Vogue, and authored the inspiring autobiography Reach! She joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his third season.
BILLY RAY CYRUS - Singer/songwriter/actor and star of Disney Channel's hit series "Hannah Montana," Cyrus will partner with Season Three's finalist, KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her second season. Cyrus first entered the public spotlight with his hit song "Achy Breaky Heart." His other acting credits include the feature film "Mulholland Drive" and the starring role in the series "Doc."
CLYDE DREXLER - Named One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, "Clyde the Glide" was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team. He began his career in 1983 with the Portland Trailblazers and retired in 1998 with the Houston Rockets, a team he led to the 1995 NBA Championship. ELENA GRINENKO, who returns for her second season, will be his partner.
JOEY FATONE - The musician/actor/star of Broadway was a member of one of the most popular singing groups of all time, *NSYNC, which holds the records for the most albums sold in a single day and week. He has since starred in the movies "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "The Cooler, and in the Broadway musicals "Rent" and "Little Shop of Horrors." Fatone joins partner KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her second
SHANDI FINNESSEY - During the most watched Miss USA® competition in six years, Shandi Finnessey was crowned Miss USA in 2004. She is the host of two game shows on the Game Show Network - "Lingo" with Chuck Woolery and "Playmania." Newcomer BRIAN FORTUNA will be her professional dance partner.
LEEZA GIBBONS - Former host of "Entertainment Tonight, "Extra" and her self-titled daytime talk-show, "Leeza," the TV/radio personality currently hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, "Hollywood Confidential." Leeza is also the founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering empowerment and education to caregivers and their loved ones diagnosed with any memory disorder. She teams up with TONY DOVOLANI, who returns for his third season.
HEATHER MILLS - United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, activist for Adopt-a-Minefield and advocate for animal rights Heather Mills will be the first contestant to compete with an artificial limb. She will be partnered with JONATHAN ROBERTS, who returns for his third season.
APOLO ANTON OHNO - Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno sets his sights on another trophy to add to his collection, the "Dancing with the Stars" Mirror Ball. As a short-track speed skater, Ohno has a total of five Olympic medals, tying him with Eric Heiden for the most medals of any U.S. Male Winter Olympian. JULIANNE HOUGH teams with Ohno in her first appearance.
VINCENT PASTORE - Known for his standout role in "The Sopranos," actor Vincent Pastore has also appeared in several movies, including "Revolver," directed by Guy Ritchie, "Gotti" and "Goodfellas." He was also the voice of Luca in the animated feature "Shark Tale." Pastore teams with EDYTA SLIWINSKA, the only professional dancer to participate in all four seasons.
PAULINA PORIZKOVA - As the former face of Estee Lauder, Porizkova was once the highest paid supermodel in the world of fashion. She was featured on the cover of several magazines, including the "Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue" for two consecutive years. This Spring Porizkova releases her first work of fiction, A Model Summer. Season One champ ALEC MAZO returns for his second appearance.
IAN ZIERING - One of the stars of the hit TV series "Beverly Hills 90210," actor Ian Ziering also played a supporting role in the movie "Domino," and wrote, produced, directed and starred in the short film "Man vs. Monday." He teams with two-time defending champion CHERYL BURKE, who returns for her third season.