AceShowbiz - The American ABC network came up Wednesday Feb 21st with the names of celebrities who will compete on the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars." Among the group of celebrities mentioned are Heather Mills, the estranged wife of Paul McCartney, world female boxing champion Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, and country music star Billy Ray Cyrus just to name a few.
Also in the line-up will be former NSYNC boy band member Joey Fatone, Olympic speed-skater Apolo Anton Ohno, former basketball star Clyde Drexler, TV-radio host Leeza Gibbons and Vincent Pastore, who appeared on "The Sopranos." As of the cast for the upcoming season of "Dancing," which premieres on March 19, was announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" program.
"Dancing with the Stars" is the name for a number of international television series based on the format of the British series "Strictly Come Dancing." The show, a celebreality-type offering, pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers, who each week compete by performing dances, which are then given scores by a panel of judges. Viewers are given a certain amount of time to place votes on their favorite dancers, either by telephone or by the Internet. The couple with the lowest combined score is eliminated and does not go on to the next week. This process continues until there are only two couples left, at which point one couple is declared the champion.