'Dancing with the Stars' Season 12: Casting Spoilers
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're only hours away from the official Dancing with the Stars cast announcement, so it's definitely time for some casting spoilers! And we actually have some now.

According to a report from TMZ.com, six celebrities are confirmed to appear on the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars. Since there will be 11 celebrities in total, this means that we may know more than half of the cast. Plus, the TMZ article gives the professional partners for the announced celebrities -- news that is not likely to be available otherwise for a couple of days.

Without further ado, here are the contestants and professionals for season 12 of Dancing with the Stars:
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
  • Lil' Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
  • Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel
  • Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani

Excited yet?

In case you're not pop culture-savvy enough (I wasn't) to immediately grasp and identify each name, here's a brief cheat-sheet so that you can sound really cool and hip (or not) to your friends.

Kirstie Alley: She's an actress. Kind of famous. She was a Vulcan in a Star Trek movie, and then she ran a bar for years and years on Cheers. In recent years, she's more known for weight issues (Fat Actress anyone?). Safe bet that we're going to focus on the latter part of her career.

Chris Jericho: He's a wrestler. So he's no stranger to choreography. Also,  the guy sings (don't feel that you have to know this) and appears on a great amount of reality television.

Chelsea Kane: She's an actress, but don't worry about not recognizing this one. We're talking about another one of those Disney Channel kids. Chelsea was in Jonas L.A. and the animated series, Fish Hooks. She's also been in a few movies, Bratz: The Movie, Minutemen and Starstruck.

Lil' Romeo: Or possibly Romeo. I guess we'll find out which one he goes by soon. He's a singer (rap and hip-hop) who had a number-one single ("My Baby") in 2001, when he was 12 years old. Multiple albums have appeared since then. He has also acted and played college basketball.

Kendra Wilkinson: A Playboy girl! She used to be one of Hugh Hefner's (three) girlfriends, as seen in the reality show, The Girls Next Door. Then she got a man to herself and a new show, Kendra.

Wendy Williams: She's the host of The Wendy Williams Show, a syndicated talk show that tends to be a little crazy. Before that, she was a radio DJ in New York City.

So there you have it. Six of the celebrity contestants. Are they everything you hoped for? Is there a celebrity "type" that seems to be missing? Do you already know who you'll be rooting for this season?

Let us know! And check back at BuddyTV tonight for the full list of Dancing with the Stars season 12 contestants!

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