Here’s an expanded description of the celebrities of Dancing with the Stars 4, including their professional partners.
Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Laila Ali is the 30-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali, as well as a women’s boxing title holder. The discipline she’s learned through boxing should mesh well with Maksim’s occasionally tough training style.
Billy Ray Cyrus
Partner: Karina Smirnoff
The singer of the infectious (not necessarily a compliment) country hit "Achy Breaky Heart" is now a regular on the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. Something tells me Karina won’t let BRC rest on his line-dancing laurels.
Partner: Elena Grinenko
While this NBA Hall of Famer played, he was nicknamed "The Glide." Clyde is over six-and-a-half feet tall, so don’t be surprised if Elena has to dance on stilts.
Partner: Kym Johnson
Joey Fatone is a former member of boy band *NSYNC (their name was all caps preceded by an asterisk), and he now performs on Broadway. His dancing skills should be a welcome change for Kym, who danced last season with the less-than-nimble Jerry Springer.
Partner: Brian Fortuna
Shandi Finnessey parlayed her victory in the 2004 Miss USA competition into hosting gigs on the Game Show Network. She and new DwtS professional Brian might be this season’s underdogs.
Partner: Tony Dovolani
Leeza Gibbons is a talk show host and founder of a charity that assists people with memory disorders. Until Tony’s partner, Sara Evans, quit last season, he seemed on his way to his second straight season in the finals.
Partner: Jonathan Roberts
At least early on, Heather Mills is sure to be the most talked about member of the cast. She’s in the process of divorcing (Sir) Paul McCartney, she’s a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and she’s got a prosthetic leg. Jonathan’s classy style and background in Standard should be a great fit for Heather.
Apolo Anton Ohno
Partner: Julianne Hough
Apolo is an Olympic gold medalist in speedskating. If he’s been willing to put so much work into an amateur sport, he should be a eager student for Julianne — especially now that he’s getting paid.
Vincent Pastore (Since Replaced by John Ratzenberger)
Partner: Edyta Sliwinska
After his character Big Pussy got whacked on The Sopranos, Vincent Pastore gained a lot of weight and suffered some serious heart problems. He lost 29 lbs. on VH-1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and ballroom dancing is the next step in his new heart-healthy lifestyle. He’ll be the fourth partner for Edyta, the only pro to compete in every season of DwtS.
Partner: Alec Mazo
Paulina Porizkova twice graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition during the 1980s, but she’s perhaps better known as the wife of gangly Ric Ocasek, former singer of The Cars. Paulina and Alec are the best looking duo in the competition. Actually, anyone and Alec would probably be the best looking duo in the competition.
Partner: Cheryl Burke
Ian (pronounced eye-an, not ee-an) Ziering portrayed middle-aged high schooler Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills 90210. Cheryl’s won every season of DwtS she’s participated in, so Ian is in very good hands.