Gold medalist Lysacek to dance
LOS ANGELES -- Chad Ochocinco is putting on his dancing shoes for TV.
Known for his touchdown celebrations in the end zone, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is taking his act from the gridiron to the stage as a contestant on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."
Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and sportscaster Erin Andrews will also compete.
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Lysacek recently became the first American man since Brian Boitano to win the Olympic gold in Vancouver. Andrews is an ESPN reporter who was in the headlines last year after a man shot nude videos of her through a hotel room peephole and posted them online.
Host Tom Bergeron and former finalist Melissa Rycroft revealed the cast Monday.
Athletes have typically done well on the hit show, with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson all winning in previous seasons. Former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Warren Sapp, and current Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor have also been runners-up.
"Dancing With the Stars" returns March 22 with a cast that includes model-actress Pamela Anderson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Also competing for the mirrorball trophy will be: singer Nicole Scherzinger, actors Shannen Doherty, Aiden Turner and Niecy Nash and reality stars Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka.
"It's definitely one of our strongest cast lineups ever," said executive producer Conrad Green. "Pound for pound, it should be really fascinating watching."
Green said the recipe for a great cast is "part hope, part luck, part skill, part research." The show's staff has been courting many of the newly announced contestants for months, he said.
The new dancers will train for three weeks before making their primetime premiere.
Green said his staff is enforcing limits on training time to avoid the spate of injuries that plagued last year's cast and caused two stars to drop out before the competition began.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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