Dancing stars revealed

This year's 'Dancing with the Stars' line-up has been revealed, boasting the "most diverse cast" the show has ever seen

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Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim

This year's 'Dancing with the Stars' contestants have been revealed.

In a new twist, the names of the celebrities were unveiled during commercial breaks in-between ABC's TV shows last night (08.02.09).

Contestants include Lil' Kim, Denise Richards and 'Jackass' star Steve-O. For the first time ever a husband and wife - rodeo star Ty Murray and singer Jewel - will battle it out on the dancefloor.

Senior Talent Producer Deena Katz said: "It's the most diverse cast we've had. The women are phenomenal and the men are such great characters."

In another first for the show, professional dancer Julianne Hough will compete with her boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks.

Deena said: "Julianne is the cutest thing you'll ever meet and she's one of the toughest teachers. I keep warning Chuck, 'You see this loving side, but she is tough.'"

The line-up is completed by singer Belinda Carlisle, TV presenter Nancy O'Dell, American football star Lawrence Taylor, gymnast Shawn Johnson, actor Gilles Marini, computer whizz Steve Wozniak and actor-and-comedian David Alan Grier.

The first episode of series eight will be aired on March 9 on ABC.

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