Ox Notes: August 18, 2009

The new Dancing with the Stars 9 contestants are reacting to yesterday’s big cast reveal. Donny Osmond and DwtS host Tom Bergeron talked to Samantha Harris for The Insider, and Aaron Carter spoke with Entertainment Tonight.

It may be a few days until we know which celebs and pros will be dancing together this season. On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, Kelly Osbourne said she won’t meet her professional dance partner until Friday.

TV Guide posted a poll after the cast announcement, and Donny Osmond is the early favorite to win DwtS 9.

I was a little surprised that Paula Abdul wasn’t a DwtS contestant this season, but, according to Reality Blurred, talks with ABC didn’t go well and now Abdul won’t appear on Ugly Betty as planned either. Her chances of returning to American Idol look slim after the show announced Shania Twain as the upcoming season’s fourth guest judge.

DwtS pro Cheryl Burke told E! that having guest judges like on So You Think You Can Dance would make DwtS "more exciting," adding that she’d love to see Paula Abdul in that role on DwtS.

Kelly Choi, host of Top Chef Masters — which wraps up Wednesday night at 10 ET on Bravo — told OK! that her favorite healthy snack is carrots and Korean hot sauce.

The Torch Online posted a fall fantasy/sci-fi TV preview.

How exactly does one earn the title "extreme pet trainer"?

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