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Every year, ABC's Dancing with the Stars ropes in a varied new batch of players to compete for a seat in Congress. (That's what the winner gets, right?) And every year, the amassed collections of actors, athletes, television personalities, and the odd astronaut have become more, let's say, "creative." Producers have shirked minor details like celebrity relevance in putting together eclectic teams for the competition series, taking the cake with their Season 17 lineup. Yes, the reactions to this year's players will range from "Not her again!"s to "Boy, he's really up and coming!"s to, "I had no idea he was still alive." Peruse the new DWTS contestants below, list compiled by Hollywood.com's Relevance Ranking (from least to most):
Corbin BleuAs the fourth billed star of the High School Musical movies, 24-year-old Bleu is the least relevant of the troupe, hardly even a thing back when he was a thing.
Jack OsbourneNot far ahead of Chaz Duckworth, or whatever it was, is the youngest and least significant member of a flavor-of-the-week MTV reality show that aired back in 2002 (and lasted, despite your recollection, all the way to '05).
Bill EngvallNeck and neck with Jackie O is Bill Engvall, best known for his frequent proximity to Larry the Cable Guy.
Christina MilianWhen you cap your music career by reading tweets on that reality show that people watch when Idol is out of season, you know you're a prime candidate for DWTS.
Brant DaughertyAdmittedly, Daugherty's role on the conversation piece Pretty Little Liars could justify a more prominent placement on this list. But he's also in The Starving Games, which kind of robs him of any of those points.
Keyshawn JohnsonRight in the middle of the pack is Keyshawn Johnson, who used to play football. Football is still cool, right?
Elizabeth BerkleyThanks to the onslaught of '90s nostalgia perpetuated by our generation's nagging inability to grow up, we have granted Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley an everlasting spot at the corner of our conscience. Remember when she took the caffeine pills? Of course you do. Hey, that might work on this show!
Leah ReminiLeah Remini's name has been thrown around a lot lately, mostly in connection to The Talk firings and Sharon Osbourne controversies. Hmm, perhaps we'll find a bit of a rivalry between her and Sharon's son Jack? That could bump him up an Engvall or two.
Amber RileyShe's on Glee, so there that is.
Valerie HarperTo be sincere for a minute, we pay legitimate credit to Valerie Harper, who is not only tackling cancer, but has long served as an inspiration to fellow sufferers, not to mention actors (she rejects the word "actress") and women everywhere. Some pop culture relevance is the kind you earn.
Snooki...and some, alas, is the kind that forms atop your head in the shape of a ravenous koosh ball. As much as it pains us to say this, Jersey Shore star and new mom Snooki is DWTS' big get of the season.
But that's only 11. What about the last new contestant?
Ah, yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy. A man who exists beyond the realms of pop culture relevance. A man who cannot be defined, but who himself doles out definition. A man against whom all other men are measured. Often in Berzelius beakers. Science rules.
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Actress Valerie Harper accepted the opportunity to be part of U.S. competition show Dancing With The Stars because she wanted to inspire people. It has been confirmed The Mary Tyler Moore Show star will be part of the season 17 cast, despite her terminal brain cancer battle.
In an interview with People magazine, the actress, who was given just six months to live at the beginning of the year (13), says, "I thought it might be sort of inspiring for people to see a 74-year-old woman with my condition dancing."
Last week (begs26Aug13), it was revealed Harper's condition was improving and her cancer was "close to remission," according to her doctors. However, her diagnosis could change at any moment.
She explains, "My scans have been getting better. But cancer hides. My doctors say it's not a case of if (it's fatal), it's when. And I can live with that."
For now, Harper is focusing on her health and the show, which is incidentally helping her to lose weight after gaining a few pounds during treatment.
She continues, "They've forced me to get serious about dieting. Since I'm no longer on steroids, I've dropped 20 pounds, but I'd like to lose another 15. I told the wardrobe supervisor, 'Your job is take six inches off my butt'."
Harper has been partnered with Tristan MacManus on the show, where she'll compete with celebrities like Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley, Glee's Amber Riley, actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini, former Jersey Shore regular Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and singer Christina Milian.
Jack Osbourne, Corbin Bleu, actor Brant Daugherty, comedian Bill Engvall and sportsman Keyshawn Johnson will round out the cast, which will be lacing up its dancing shoes for the season premiere on 16 September (13).
Former American football player Keyshawn Johnson is moving out of his home in Calabasas, California, just weeks after becoming embroiled in a spat with neighbour Justin Bieber. The sportsman-turned-TV pundit hit headlines in June (13) when he confronted the teenage pop star over allegations he was putting fellow residents at risk by speeding around the exclusive gated community in his sports car. A representative for Johnson has now revealed to TMZ.com that the star is moving house, but insists: "Keyshawn is not moving to get away from Bieber. He's moving to be closer to the high school where he'll be coaching and where his son will be playing football."
Justin Bieber looks set to escape prosecution for allegedly driving his sports car at dangerously fast speeds inside his private gated community after rapper Tyler, The Creator was captured on video behind the wheel of his pal's vehicle. The teen superstar is under police investigation after cops received two separate calls from residents of the exclusive The Oaks compound in Calabasas, California last month (May13), accusing the Baby hitmaker of racing his Ferrari around the neighbourhood.
The incident prompted retired sports star and neighbour Keyshawn Johnson to take aim at Bieber for his dangerous driving, only for Tyler, The Creator to step forward soon afterwards and confirm reports he was behind the wheel.
Taking to his Twitter.com blog, he wrote, "That Was Me Behind The Wheel Of Justins Vehicle. Don't Blame Him. People Are Actually Evil Swearing Up And Down That It Was Who It Wasnt (sic)."
Video evidence of the incident has since been obtained by police, with Tyler clearly shown pulling the Ferrari into the singer's driveway - with Bieber following closely behind on a motorbike, according to TMZ.com.
The five-minute footage also features Johnson arriving and confronting the two youngsters, although on Wednesday (12Jun13), Tyler insisted he had been "driving nicely".
He told TMZ, "I wasn't whipping... I was driving nicely. People are crazy. I have concern for pedestrians (when I'm driving), just some people are really evil, that's all I'm gonna say (sic)."
The case is still under investigation and is due to be handed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, but sources insist it is "highly unlikely" any charges will be brought against those involved.
Bieber is known for letting his friends borrow his cars - his pal Lil Twist was pulled over for speeding in the pop star's white Ferrari in California last month (May13), just months after allegedly crashing the singer's Fisker Karma in a parking lot.
Residents in Justin Bieber's gated community are protesting against the pop star's unneighbourly antics by withholding their monthly maintenance fees, according to a U.S. report. The Baby hitmaker has already faced the wrath of one neighbour, American football superstar-turned-TV sports pundit Keyshawn Johnson, who tackled the singer for driving around the gated estate in Calabasas, California at high speeds.
Bieber was also cited by cops for speeding around the community last month (May13), and now the other residents have had enough.
Sources tell editors at TMZ.com that up to 500 residents are withholding the $1,000 (£645) monthly fees they pay to cover the upkeep of the community until officials at their homeowner association take action and issue Bieber with a warning.
According to the website, residents are also angry about late night parties at the star's property, as well as guests parking on the road overnight.
Justin Bieber's current traffic woes appear to be behind him - his pal, rapper Tyler, The Creator, has stepped forward to confirm reports he was the one speeding through the pop star's Calabasas, California community in a sportscar. Recent reports suggested Bieber had upset his neighbours with his reckless driving antics - but now Tyler has revealed it was him behind the wheel of the Baby singer's car.
In a new Twitter.com post, the rapper states, "That Was Me Behind The Wheel Of Justins Vehicle. Don't Blame Him. People Are Actually Evil Swearing Up And Down That It Was Who It Wasnt."
The big reveal comes just a week after retired sports star Keyshawn Johnson took aim at Bieber for his dangerous driving around the exclusive neighbourhood they both call home and days after the pop star was mistaken as the person behind the wheel when police pulled over his vehicle for speeding. It was actually his pal Lil Twist driving.
Police in California are still investigating claims of Bieber driving though his neighbourhood at top speeds.
Justin Bieber has found himself in trouble with the law again after allegedly landing a speeding ticket for racing around his neighbourhood in Calabasas, California. The pop star was pulled over and ticketed on Wednesday afternoon (29Jun13), according to x17online.com.
The teenager is currently under investigation following reports suggesting he has been driving around his gated community at high speeds.
One neighbour, American football superstar-turned-TV sports pundit Keyshawn Johnson, recently claimed the Baby hitmaker has been putting other residents at risk with his dangerous antics.
Paris Hilton has received another lavish gift from her fiance Paris Latsis--a
$12 million house.
While the hotel heiress attended a party with her billionaire beau at the
Esquire house in Beverly Hills, California, she immediately fell in love with
the plush property.
The Mediterranean-style home, decorated by Esquire magazine and recently
owned by American football player Keyshawn Johnson, was so alluring to Hilton
that Latsis bought it for her.
Greek shipping heir Latsis proposed to Hilton last month--and his
fiancee then went on a spending spree for engagement ring, reportedly opting
for two diamond-encrusted jewels worth a total of $6.3 million.
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HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 21, 2000 - Traitors, be warned.
The striking Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists began their first "scab trials" today. The hearings will determine whether or not 12 actors and athletes violated the strike code by working on commercials during the unions' ongoing strike against the advertising industry.
The alleged scabs include golfer Tiger Woods, model-actress Elizabeth Hurley, track stars Marion Jones and Michael Johnson and football players Eddie George, Terrell Davis and Keyshawn Johnson. If found guilty, they could be fined, suspended or expelled from SAG and AFTRA.
Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal and teen queen Britney Spears, who had also worked on commercials during the strike, were spared trial board hearing because they have already settled the issue with the unions.