Sideshow: Swing your partner, do si do!

(From left) NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, comic Bill Engvall, TV personality Jack Osbourne, actor Corbin Bleu, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actor Brant Daugherty; and TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, actress Valerie Harper, singer-actress Christina Milian, actress Elizabeth Berkley, and actress Amber Riley on "Good Morning America" Wednesday. These 11, along with actress Leah Remini, will be the next celebrity contestants on the dance competition series "Dancing With the Stars," premiering Sept. 16.
(From left) NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, comic Bill Engvall, TV personality Jack Osbourne, actor Corbin Bleu, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actor Brant Daugherty; and TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, actress Valerie Harper, singer-actress Christina Milian, actress Elizabeth Berkley, and actress Amber Riley on "Good Morning America" Wednesday. These 11, along with actress Leah Remini, will be the next celebrity contestants on the dance competition series "Dancing With the Stars," premiering Sept. 16. (IDA MAE ASTUTE / ABC)
Posted: September 06, 2013

Dancing With the Stars has announced its cast for its new season, and, as usual, many are the surprises. Example: Bill Nye the Science Guy will wax terpsichorean with Tyne Stecklein; Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore will sashay with Sasha Farber. And amazing Valerie Harper, whose brain cancer, once thought terminal, is said to be in some kind of abeyance, will trip it with Tristan MacManus. Wow. Other pairings: Amber Riley and Derek Hough; Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd; Leah Remini (who just ditched Scientology!) and Tony Dovolani; Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff; Christina Milian and Mark Ballas; footballer Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess; Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy; Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke.

Three won't be dancing

Lots of changes this season for DWTS. The judges are set: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. But the show's shrinking to one ep a week, due to audience shrinkage. Some faves won't be around. Awesome Aussie Kym Johnson is leaving after 14 years. Maksim Chmerkovskiy also is sitting out. Anna Trebunskaya has the best excuse: She's having a widdle baby human! Her first.

Malibu stalker shenanigans

A lady said to have been stalking John Cusack was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly trying to break into his Malibu crib. Police say Elizabeth Pahlke, 45, was climbin' fences, bangin' windows, and that. She was hauled in on suspicion of felony stalking and burglary. Earlier Tuesday, lawyers for Cusack had served Pahlke with a restraining order. We dunno why yet. John evidently was not at home.

Funs have more blonde

Sofía Vergara, now a blonde by choice, tops Forbes mag's list of top-earning TV actresses. She's straddled the list before. She has been muy inteligente with endorsement deals with Sears, Diet Pepsi, and CoverGirl. Plus Modern Family. Tot it all up and she makes $30 mils. Tied at runner-up are Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay and The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco (really?), both with $11 million. A bunch of wimmens are scrummin' at No. 4 with $10 million apiece. Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy is there. So are, it says here, the Kardashians, talk-show host Bethenny Frankel, Grey's Anatomy body part Ellen Pompeo, and now underemployed Tina Fey.  


This column contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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