Emmitt Smith to compete in 'Dancing With the Stars'

Updated: August 14, 2006, 3:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Emmitt Smith is following in Jerry Rice's footsteps and will see if his football talents transfer to the dance floor.

Smith will be among the celebrities competing on the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Rice finished second last season.

The new season of the show -- which pairs 11 competitors of sometimes dubious celebrity and varying skill with professional dancer-partners -- premieres Sept. 12 (8 p.m. ET), the network announced Monday.

Also heading to the dance floor: Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, talk-show host Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Harry Hamlin, Joe Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, and former beauty queen Shanna Moakler.

This season, the celebrity and professional dance pairs will perform choreographed Latin and traditional ballroom routines to popular live music.

Scores from the judges and the voting public will be combined, and the couple with the lowest score will be eliminated during a results show the following evening.

The winner receives the "Dancing With the Stars" mirror ball trophy.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.