Dancing with the Stars: Spotlight on Mark Dacascos with Lacey Schwimmer
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
In this series, we will study the 16 couples on Dancing with the Stars season 9 and predict who has the best chances for success, and who is doomed to humiliation.

Who is Mark Dacascos?
It's the Chairman! 45-year-old Mark Dacascos is best known for being the host of Food Network's Iron Chef America. He is also a trained martial artist. The Honolulu-born actor started his martial arts training at an early age under the tutelage of his parents. He was discovered in San Francisco's Chinatown, and since then started playing martial artists in film and television, until bagging the Iron Chef America role in 2005. His more notable screen credits include the French epic Brotherhood of the Wolf, as well as the cult classic Only the Strong, and Cradle to the Grave, opposite Jet Li.

Lacey Schwimmer's History
Lacey Schwimmer is one of the Dancing with the Stars newbie, at least relative to the old-timers. Nevertheless, she has proven that she can slug it out with the best of them, finishing third with Lance Bass in season 7.

My Prediction: Middle of the Pack
There is no questioning Mark Dacascos' agility (just check these rehearsal photos) and Lacey Schwimmer's ability. The question, then, is whether or not they can rake in the votes.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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