- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 30, 2007

Look who’s ‘Dancing’

Is it possible Mark Cuban, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Wayne Newton can dance?

Viewers will find out on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” which has assembled another eclectic field of contestants, Associated Press notes.

Mr. Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner; Mr. Mayweather, welterweight boxing champ; and Las Vegas headliner Mr. Newton are among the 12 celebrities who will compete when the show returns Sept. 24, ABC announced yesterday.

The rest of the field:



Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, Mel B.

Sabrina Bryan of Disney Channel’s “Cheetah Girls.”

Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves.

Actress Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210”).

Model-actress Josie Maran.

Soap star Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”).

Singer Marie Osmond.

Model Albert Reed.

Actress Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”).

As in past seasons, each celebrity will be paired with a professional dancer. In the contest that ended in May, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno beat out former ‘N Sync star Joey Fatone to win the dance-off’s mirror-ball trophy.

Other champions were soap-opera star Kelly Monaco, NFL record holder Emmitt Smith and former 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey.

Stars take the ‘5th’

You may be smarter than a 5th-grader, but how about Clay Aiken or Kellie Pickler or Regis Philbin?

Fox has scheduled a series of celebrity contestants to compete on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” during the November sweeps period, Zap2it.com reports.

Not surprisingly, the all-stars won’t be competing to pocket the potential million-dollar prize; all winnings will go to charity.

“American Idol” finalists Mr. Aiken (season two) and Miss Pickler (season five) will lead the celebrity group along with game-show veteran Mr. Philbin. Also signed on are skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Miss America Lauren Nelson and relative-to-the-President Billy Bush.

The regular edition of “5th Grader,” hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, premieres Sept. 6.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from web and wire reports.

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