On the heels of last night’s big celebrity reveal, the slate of Dancing with the Stars 2010 pairings was officially announced this morning on Good Morning America. Wondering who will Tango with Maksim Chmerkovskiy or Salsa the night away with Cheryl Burke? Here’s a fully updated listing of the DWTS season 10 cast, including pairings.
2010 Dancing with the Stars Pairings
Sports Personality Erin Andrews and Maksim ‘bad boy of the ballroom’ Chmerkovskiy
Jon & Kate Plus 8 Mom Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani
Astronaut and Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
Actress and Model Pamela Anderson and DWTS professional newcomer Damian Whitewood
Actress Shannen Doherty and two-time pro champ Mark Ballas
2010 Olympic Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
Comedienne Niecy Nash and Louie van Amstel
NFL Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco and two-time DWTS pro champ Cheryl Burke
The Bachelor Jake Pavelka and So You Think You Can Dance alum Chelsie Hightower
Pop Star Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
All My Children Soap Star Aiden Turner and DWTS mainstay Edyta Sliwinska
With the full Dancing with the Stars 2010 pairings lineup out in the open, there’s plenty to unpack. First off, it’s hard not to notice the obvious: Derek Hough has once again managed to score a hot partner who in all likelihood, has an excellent shot at winning the competition. His string of DWTS partners includes actress Jennie Garth; actress Shannon Elizabeth, who wasn’t a great dancer, but dated Hough anyway; Brooke Burke, with whom he won season 7; rapper Lil Kim; and most recently, model Joanna Krupa. If there’s a reigning DWTS lucky duck, it’s Derek Hough.
Joining Derek Hough in the ‘gee, that’s one lucky dancer’ group is Anna Trebunskaya, who likely has her best chance ever at taking the Mirrorball Trophy with Evan Lysacek by her side. Lysacek, fresh off Olympic stardom and success, knows a thing or two about grace, elegance and endurance on the ice; if he can parlay that into success on solid ground, the duo should make the Dancing with the Stars season 10 finals, no question.
Likely not finals-bound is Ashly Costa nee DelGrosso, who returns to the Dancing with the Stars lineup after a long absence; she last took part as a pro dancer during season 3, when she was paired up with actor Harry Hamlin. DWTS season 10 features Ashly matched up with astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who at 80 years of age, is one of the oldest DWTS celebrity contestants in the show’s 10-season history. It’s not to say that Buzz can’t cut a rug, but with the next oldest celebrity — actress Pamela Anderson — clocking in at age 42, he has a serious chronological disadvantage.
With the Dancing with the Stars 2010 pairings revealed, the judges lined up to critique and longtime host Tom Bergeron holding the mic, just one small detail remains: Who will replace ex co-host Samantha Harris? Wait and see.
Dancing with the Stars season 10 premieres on March 22nd at 8 PM.
Good Morning America, March 1, 2010