DwtS 8 Casting Call

ABC has announced the celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars 8:

You can check out the competitors’ official bios at ABC’s DwtS website. Incidentally, earlier on Sunday, a poster at the website Suvivor Sucks posted a rumored cast list that was 100% correct.

Update: ABC’s website confirms that Chuck Wicks will dance with his girlfriend, Julianne Hough (an offer ABC probably made in order to get her back this season). On today’s Good Morning America, Denise Richards met her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

I learned from an insider that Gilles Marini will dance with Cheryl Burke. And I’ll be surprised if married couple Jewel and Ty Murray aren’t paired with married pros Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska (though MOIB reader Daniela noticed that ABC’s press release only mentions three real life couples, and Alec & Edyta would make four).

Another of the pairings will presumably be revealed on tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, with the rest of the couples announced on Thursday. One of this season’s two new pros is So You Think You Can Dance 4‘s Chelsea Hightower.

My initial impression of the cast is zzzzzzzzz…. Oh, sorry. Must’ve dozed off there. Why couldn’t ABC shelve DwtS for the spring, build up some hype and get some real stars for a fall season?

 Are you as totally underwhelmed by this cast as I am? If not, who are you rooting for?