The wives of actor Alan Thicke and comedian Gilbert Gottfried trade homes for one week, on “Celebrity Wife Swap,” on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
In “Celebrity Wife Swap,” two mothers of celebrity families, each with opposing values, trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other’s home and agrees to follow a manual of “household rules” written by the departing mother, including how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second half of the week, when “new mommy” takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the “nest” her way. At the end of the week the two couples meet for the first time. In a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views, the couples will make frank assessments of each other and discuss their experiences, having had a very real taste of what life would be like in someone else’s family.
Alan Thicke is probably best known to television viewers as Dr. Jason Seaver, a role he played on the family sitcom “Growing Pains.” He and his wife, Tanya, live on a sprawling ranch in Santa Barbara, CA with Alan’s 15-year-old son, Carter, where they enjoy the finer things in life. Tanya loves to throw lavish dinner parties with the help of a large staff that tends to all of the household needs. Gilbert Gottfried lives in New York City with his wife, Dara, and their two children, Lilly (5) and Max (3). When Gilbert isn’t doing stand-up comedy or voice over work, he’s a notorious penny-pincher who likes to save money by shopping at .99 cent stores. He also walks all around the city, not wanting to waste money on cab, subway or bus fare. Dara is accustomed to Gilbert’s frugal ways and believes you don’t need to spend a lot of money on those you love just to show you care.
Upon arriving in New York City, Tanya realizes that her bedroom in Santa Barbara is as large as Gilbert’s entire apartment. When Gilbert gets home with his two children, he welcomes her with his unique style of comedy, continually impersonating and making fun of her husband, Alan. What’s more, it’s a definite shock for Tanya to experience Gilbert’s economical ways: things come to a head when Gilbert treats Tanya to an “anniversary night out” – she’s standing in for Dara as the couple celebrate their wedding anniversary — and the evening isn’t at all what Tanya might have expected.
In Santa Barbara, Dara is treated to a warm welcome by Alan and Carter and can’t believe the size of their ranch. She’s soon given her first assignment of the swap, to cook a surf & turf dinner for the family. Admitting she’s no chef, Dara gives it her best shot, and at the end of a long first day joins Alan in the Jacuzzi for champagne. Stepping into Tanya’s shoes again, Dara throws an elegant dinner party for Alan’s friends in which she has to oversee all aspects of the dinner – from place cards and menu to decor and dishes. It’s a new experience for Dara, one that definitely takes her out of her comfort zone.
“Celebrity Wife Swap” is produced by Zodiak USA. Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe and Bruce Toms serve as executive producers. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1-channel sound. This program carries a TV-14,D parental guideline.
ABC announces Joey Lawrence (ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey”) and Charissa Thompson (ESPN’s “SportsNation”) as hosts of the new diving competition series, “Splash,” where ten celebrity contestants will face their fears as they flip, twist and spin into the depths of the pool below, premiering TUESDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Splash” marks the first time ten celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience. After training with professional divers and being mentored by the world’s most decorated and medaled diving legend, Greg Louganis, their dives will be critiqued by two judges, London Olympic U.S. Gold medalist David Boudia and Australian Olympic athlete and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley.
Joey Lawrence is one of the most sought after actors in the entertainment business today. With a career spanning over 25 years in film, television and music, Lawrence has been in the public eye since he was six. He rose to pop-culture fame as a teenager on the ’90s hit television series “Blossom,” where his character, Joey Russo, stole the hearts of teenage girls around the globe and helped aid in a flannel-grunge fashion craze. Today Lawrence can be seen starring on the hit ABC Family series “Melissa & Joey,” with Melissa Joan Hart. After successful first and second seasons, which appealed to over 2 million viewers, Season 3 is set to return this May. In addition to starring on the show, Lawrence also holds executive producer credits and directed an episode for Season 2. Aside from acting, Lawrence has also made his mark in on the business side of the industry, producing and directing projects over the years. He owns and runs a full service production company, JL VERITAS, which serves as a development slate for both scripted and non-scripted shows. The company currently produces “Melissa & Joey” for ABC Family. In addition to “Melissa & Joey,” Lawrence recently sold a script to Disney with the producers of “Wedding Crashers” entitled “Mr. Everything,” which he will co-produce and star in, and he recently sold a project to Nickelodeon.
Charissa Thompson is currently the co-host of ESPN2′s “SportsNation,” along with Marcellus Wiley. Thompson joined ESPN in September 2011 as the co-host of ESPN2′s “Numbers Never Lie” and, after frequent guest appearances on “SportsNation,” moved into the permanent co-host role in June 2012. Prior to joining ESPN, Thompson covered the NHL for Versus, from 2010-11, including the 2010 All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals. In 2010 she reported on the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, FIFA World Cup, BCS National Championship Game, Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game for Yahoo! Sports. She has also appeared on NFL Network and co-hosted programming on the Speed Network. In 2009 Thompson was a sideline reporter for ABC’s “Shaq Vs.” show. She began her career at Fox Sports Network (FSN) Los Angeles in the Human Resources department. She then became a production assistant with FSN Rocky Mountain (Denver), which led to her first on-air role covering the Colorado Rockies for the network’s “Rockies All Access” program. Thompson eventually relocated back to Los Angeles to co-host FSN’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Her responsibilities expanded to include NFL sideline reporting on Fox, along with the Big Ten Network’s game of the week. She also covered college basketball for the Big Ten Network. A native of Seattle, Thompson graduated from UC-Santa Barbara with a degree in law and society.
“Splash” is from Eyeworks USA and is based on the breakout hit and Dutch format, “Celebrity Splash.” The series is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Josh Greenberg.
“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” marks the first time prior contestants will return for another chance at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy for a very special All-Star season. From former champions to fan favorites, including a celebrity voted in by fans, the stars will return and will be paired with some of the world’s most decorated professional ballroom dancers for the most unforgettable season yet. Week to week these “Dancing with the Stars” alumni will once again compete to impress the judges and the viewers at home in order to be crowned the mirror ball champions.
In a show first, fans will determine who the final All-Star cast member will be. The three celebrities vying to fill the 13th spot on the cast are Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey. Fans can vote for their favorite “Viewers’ Choice: All-Star” at www.ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, presented by Diet Pepsi, starting today, Friday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m., PT through Friday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m., PT, to determine which of the three celebrities will be named the final All-Star contestant. Once voting has closed, the final cast member will be announced live on “Good Morning America,” on Monday, August 27.
The All-Star cast and their professional partners will take to the stage for the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” Monday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ET/PT, followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 pm ETon the ABC Television Network.
As announced today, the 12 out of 13 All-Star celebrities returning to the dance floor this season are:
KIRSTIE ALLEY – Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing comedic timing second to none. Alley’s work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations, winning one Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. She co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed comedy “Fat Actress,” and played the title character, as well as serving as executive producer, on the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet.” In 1994 Alley showcased her dramatic range starring in the CBS TV movie “David’s Mother,” for which she won her second Emmy. In 1987 she joined the cast of the long-running hit NBC sitcom, “Cheers,” as the neurotic Rebecca Howe. Alley received critical accolades and won both an Emmy (r) for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. She made her movie debut in 1982 in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” in which she played beautiful Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. In 1999 Alley starred in the dark comedy film “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a cult-classic mockumentary that follows the contestants in a beauty pageant in Minnesota. She starred in Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry,” and alongside John Travolta in the hit films “Look Who’s Talking,” “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Look Who’s Talking Now.” Some of her other film credits include “Shoot to Kill,” “Summer School,” “For Richer or Poorer” and “Champions.” In 1995 Alley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004, Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008 and is currently the Poise Fairy. In 2010, Alley worked with experts in science, nutrition and medicine to launch Organic Liaison, which includes Rescue Me, the first-ever USDA certified organic weight-loss product. Alley has successfully lost 100 pounds using the Organic Liaison program. Her second book, The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente), will be released this November by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
PAMELA ANDERSON – A multi-talented model, actress, entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist, activist, spokesperson, designer and mother, Pamela Anderson is one of the most diversely talented stars in history. Anderson follows her passions, whether it’s “Learning French in fast cars…” (A play she has written and will produce) or lending herself, with complete faith, as a death defying magician’s assistant in Las Vegas. As a film, television and musical theatre star, Anderson’s resume speaks for itself, from the iconic hit “Baywatch” to the smash film “Borat,” she regularly impacts popular culture. She has appeared on the cover of countless magazines throughout the globe, including the cover of Playboy Magazine 14 times in America alone. Beyond media, Anderson is an esteemed art collector of the likes of Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Mel Ramos, Santé D’orazio, Terry Richardson, Luca Pizzaroni, Marc Quinn and David LaChapelle. After a fulfilling experience building her Malibu home, Anderson has also branched into design, currently heading up ATHASI, a firm with partner Josh Chrisant that specializes in green architecture. She is also appearing in multiple campaigns for her comrade and mentor, the legendary Dame Vivienne Westwood. As a philanthropist, her work and dedication is unmatched in the celebrity community. A long time supporter of PETA, Anderson has also lent her time and resources to causes such as JP/HRO, Waves For Water, USO, Cool Earth, Sea Shepard Conservation Society (she recently flew to Germany to defend Captain Paul Watson for his wrongful imprisonment), and The MAC Viva Glam 5 campaign raising awareness for AIDS testing around the world. Anderson is also producing a documentary series with activist Paul Manley in Canada entitled “Whatever It Takes,” showcasing people who dedicate their lives to a cause at all costs. Full of surprises, and always one to pursue new passions, she recently excelled as a participant and competitor on the smash-hit ABC series “Dancing with the Stars.” Her hard work and talents caught the attention of the musical theatre community, and she is on the cusp of announcing a project that will serve as the next chapter in the career of this powerful woman, devoted mother, sex symbol and style icon who continues to inspire fans across the globe.
HELIO CASTRONEVES – One of the most popular personalities in all of sports, Helio Castroneves – Team Penske’s elder statesman – has accomplished much in his illustrious career, yet he remains passionate in his desire to achieve much more. Castroneves returns for his 13th season with Team Penske in 2012, driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car. Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, he has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. One of the two active drivers to have earned the distinction of being a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only race car driver ever to become a “Dancing with the Stars” champion, Castroneves in many ways is in a league of his own. He has parlayed his foray in the entertainment world into working as an occasional correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and, in the fall of 2010, was invited back to the set of “Dancing with the Stars” to serve as a judge on the show after being voted as one of the top-10 best dancers from the first 10 seasons of the show. Castroneves’ celebrity status has afforded him an array of opportunities worldwide, the highlight of which came in 2004, when he had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private audience with Pope John Paul II while visiting Vatican City. His garage boasts the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500; and his latest addition, a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Castroneves enters the 2011 season once again ready to compete for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and to battle for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory.
JOEY FATONE – Former *NSYNC star Joey Fatone is embarking on a series of projects for FremantleMedia Enterprises — from hosting “Price is Right Live” in Las Vegas and Atlantic City to “Let’s Make a Deal” for Caesar Entertainment — and currently is the voice of the widely successful re-launch of “Family Feud” with Steve Harvey. Fatone also just completed a horror film “Inkubus,” working aside the original Freddy Kruger — Robert Englund. He was host of NBC’s cirque competition series, “Celebrity Circus.” He also produced his first cable television series, “The Singing Office,” for TLC and co-hosted the show alongside Melanie Brown. Fatone served as host of NBC’s international hit series, “The Singing Bee,” and in late 2007 hosted the Australian version of the successful series. From 2008 to 2009 he was featured as the lead red carpet host at all the major award shows for the TV Guide Network. Fatone is most beloved for being a member of one of the most successful music groups in the 90s, *NSYNC. The group has won multiple awards and set numerous records, including selling 1 million copies of their album “No Strings Attached” on its first day and 2.4 million for the first week (a record that still stands today). Fatone comes from a family of performers; his first acting gig was at the age of seven, starring with Robert DeNiro in the feature film “Once Upon a Time in America.” Other film credits include “The Cooler,” alongside Alec Baldwin and William H. Macy, “Homie Spumoni,” with Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Faison and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Fatone and his wife, Kelly, currently reside in Orlando with their daughters, Briahna and Kloey. He remains actively involved with his charity, The Fatone Family Foundation.
SHAWN JOHNSON – At 20 years old, gymnast Shawn Johnson has accomplished a lifetime of achievements, including an individual gold medal in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise, and team categories at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. In April 2009, Johnson was named the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award recipient, one of the most prestigious honors in amateur sports. At the age of 17, she became the youngest ever contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where she danced her way to becoming the Champion of Season Eight. After a two-year hiatus from competitive gymnastics, Shawn returned to training in 2010 in an effort to make the 2012 Olympic Team. Just weeks before Olympic Trials, she was forced to withdraw due to injury and retired from the sport. Shawn hopes to attend an Ivy League school and would like to study business, medicine and to own a gymnastics facility some day. Her second book, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams, was published in June 2012. Her first book, Shawn Johnson, Olympic Champion-Stories Behind the Smile, was published in January 2009. She is involved in a number of philanthropic activities such as working with animal and children’s charities, working with cancer charities, particularly those that affect women and children, and is a strong advocate of health and wellness initiatives. Shawn is also involved in programs that help build good character amongst youth across the country.
DREW LACHEY – Drew Lachey, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is best known for his multi-platinum pop group 98 Degrees, which he joined with his brother Nick in 1995. Lachey is the Season Two winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” beating out 10 other dance couples in 2006. He also served as co-host of” Dancing with the Stars” and hosted ABC’s “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann,” a live, one-hour series that featured teams created by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. A Broadway veteran, Lachey starred as Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “Rent,” and as King Arthur’s right-hand man, Patsy, in Mike Nichols’ award-winning production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Other onstage work includes Corny Collins in “Hairspray” and the “Dancing with the Stars” tour. Lachey also hosted HGTV’s “$250,000 Dollar Challenge” — a reality show where families compete to pay off their mortgage with home-improvement challenges — “America Sings” for the Gospel Music Channel and the “Miss USA Pageant,” which he co-hosted with Nancy O’Dell. He, along with design partner Sabrina Soto, won the celebrity edition of HGTV’s “Showdown Battle of the Bonus Room,” where the team beat designer Matthew Finlason and figure skater champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Lachey is married and the proud father of two.
GILLES MARINI — Gilles Marini first captivated audiences as Dante, the steamy neighbor living next door to Kim Cattrall’s Samantha in the “Sex and the City” feature film, a role which made him instantly recognizable in the United States and abroad, followed by finishing in 2nd place on Season Eight of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Marini is currently starring on the critically acclaimed ABC Family drama “Switched at Birth.” He also starred on ABC’s marquee drama “Brothers & Sisters,” and has had guest starring roles in some of primetime’s favorite shows, including “Modern Family,” “Hot In Cleveland,” “Are You There Chelsea,” “Royal Pains,” “Nip/Tuck” and ABC’s “Castle.” Other television credits include “Ugly Betty,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Criminal Minds” and “Windfall.” Film credits include “L’une et L’Autre (One and the Other)” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 3.” Marini has been in national campaigns for a wide range of brands including Budweiser, Clairol, Coca Cola, Chrysler, GNC and Infiniti. He is currently the face of the Perry Ellis brand A(X)IST. Born and raised in Grasse, France, he became an American Citizen in June 2012. He started working in his father’s bakery at the age of 8. After high school, Marini joined the French Army and was stationed in Paris as a fireman for the famous Brigade des Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris. It was in Paris where he met Fred Goudon, the famous photographer who introduced him to the world of modeling. After fulfilling his military duties, Marini decided to go to the United States to learn English while working as a model. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer as part of a neighborhood team and as part of the Hollywood United Soccer Team. He also donates a lot of his time and resources to the Maximum Hope Foundation, a charity that raises funds for families with terminally ill children. He currently resides in California with his wife, Carole, son Georges and daughter Juliana.
KELLY MONACO — Kelly Monaco originated the highly anticipated role of Samantha McCall on ABC’s “General Hospital” in October 2003. In the category of Outstanding Lead Actress, Monaco was an Emmy nominee for this role in 2006.Her television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, “Dancing with the Stars,” where she won the dance championship. She had a three-and-a-half-year stint on the ABC Daytime drama “Port Charles,” garnering her first Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on “Baywatch.” While shooting “Port Charles,” she also guest starred opposite Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear in a season finale of ABC’s “Spin City.” In addition she has appeared in the feature films “Idle Hands,” “Mumford,” “BASEketball,” and was most recently seen on Hallmark’s movie “Edge of the Garden.” Monaco headlined and opened the Las Vegas “Peep Show” performing in front of sold-out audiences. She was also featured in the Emmy-Award winning documentary “Daytime Gives Back, Africa,” and allowed fans a peak into her private life on E!’s “Dirty Soap.” Monaco grew up on the East Coast, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. Her family moved from the bustling city of Philadelphia to the more peaceful environment of the Poconos. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school. She is involved in Feed the Children and Children’s Hospital, and resides in Los Angeles
APOLO ANTON OHNO – Best known for making history at the 2010 Winter Olympics by becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian with eight career Olympic medals, Apolo Ohno has been the top short-track speed skater in the U.S. Among his tremendous accolades, Ohno is a three-time Olympian, one of only four Americans to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics, and is a 12-time U.S. National Champion. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ohno was raised by his Japanese father, Yuki, whom Ohno credits for his success as he pushed him to pursue excellence on and off the ice when considering his future. Launched into the national spotlight after winning two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ohno’s unique look, including his wavy hair and signature bandana, helped attract countless fans. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he once again won over the hearts of Americans as he added three more medals to his collection, including a gold in the Men’s 500m. Beyond the Olympics, Ohno was ranked by Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 as third-most effective athlete endorser, ranks tenth in Business Week’s Power 100, and is author of The New York Times Bestseller and top-selling sports biography, Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday. Passionate about being a positive role model for youth, he is an Ambassador for health and wellness initiatives aimed at children, is active in Ronald McDonald House charities and also involved in Nikkei Concerns, a leading provider for elder care services. Continuing to demonstrate his diverse talents, Ohno recently finished his first acting roles on “Hawaii Five-O” and in the SyFy film, “Tasmanian Devils.” He will return to the Olympics as a reporter for NBC this summer in London.
BRISTOL PALIN – Bristol Palin, 21 years old, was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. Bristol is the second child and oldest daughter of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd. Palin and Levi Johnston’s son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, was born in 2008. Palin is an author, speaker and reality television personality. After she became a single mother at age 18, she began to publicly advocate teenage pregnancy prevention, and is now a paid speaker on the subject of teen pregnancy. In May 2009, at age 18, Palin worked with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to inform young people about the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy. In May 2009 she was named a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation, a teen pregnancy prevention organization that is a division of the Candie’s clothing brand. Her duties as a paid spokeswoman involved attending town hall meetings, public service announcements, and giving interviews on morning talk shows. Palin competed in the fall 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars: and reached the finals, finishing in third place. In June 2011, she and Nancy French released her memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far. Palin candidly discusses aspects of her personal life, including tensions with the McCain family and losing her virginity. The book was a New York Times bestseller. Currently Palin is starring in a docuseries, “Life’s a Tripp,” produced by Associated Television International, which follows Palin as she adjusts back to normal routine in Alaska.
MELISSA RYCROFT – One week after the most talked about season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” “Bachelor” star Melissa Rycroft stepped onto the dance floor in heroic fashion on “Dancing with the Stars.” With just two days to prepare for her nationally televised ballroom dancing debut, Rycroft displayed character and strength overcoming nerves, anxiety and the pressure to perform in front of a live audience. Paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, Rycroft “waltzed” her way into America’s hearts and into a third-place finish on Season Eight of the hit ABC series. In April 2012, CMT Network launched her latest television project, “Melissa and Tye: A New Reality,” which explores the ups and downs of her desire to explore her career in Los Angeles while maintaining relationships with her family and friends in Dallas, as her husband commutes each week to build his Dallas based business. In December of 2010 Rycroft married her longtime sweetheart, Tye Strickland, in a seaside ceremony in Mexico that received world-wide attention, and soon after took on co-hosting duties on “Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve” for ABC, where she appeared alongside host Ryan Seacrest. In 2009 she joined ABC News as a special contributor for “Good Morning America,” delivering fun and uplifting stories from across the country and from Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpets. Rycroft was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and appeared on two seasons of CMT’s “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.” She graced the cover of the April 13, 2009 issue of People Magazine and was featured among their 100 Most Beautiful People of 2009. Rycroft has also been named to Maxim’s Hot 100 list. A graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in marketing, she resides in Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA.
EMMITT SMITH – A respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, bestselling author and dancing’s “king of effortless cool,” Emmitt Smith first rose to prominence via an illustrious football career, most notably winning three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He retains the honor of being the only player to have won a Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP and NFL Rushing Crown in the same season. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010, Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, having amassed 18,355 yards during his 15 seasons. His charm and charisma quickly translated off-the-field to the entertainment world following his retirement. In 2006 Smith, along with dance partner Cheryl Burke, was crowned winner of the hit ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” Now gearing up for the 2012 All-Star season, he is preparing hit the dance floor with energy and excitement once again. As well known for his character and integrity as he is for his athletic ability, Smith continues to give back to the community and support higher education via Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, an organization that annually awards college scholarships and provides enrichment opportunities to underserved youth. Most recently he authored the 2011 book, Game On: Find Your Purpose – Pursue Your Dreams, which chronicles his story from humble beginnings growing up in Pensacola, Fla. to his rise in the business world. Smith is currently President & CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., which includes Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, the marketing and management of the Emmitt Smith brand, and the company’s two core businesses, EJ Smith Construction and E Smith Legacy, a real estate company. Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in public recreation. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married and the proud father of five children.
As announced, the three celebrity alumnus competing to be the “Viewer’s Choice: All-Star” are:
SABRINA BRYAN — Sabrina Bryan was a member of the multi-platinum recording act, The Cheetah Girls, as well as a star of the hugely successful Disney Channel movie of the same name as Dorinda. “The Cheetah Girls” movie debuted in August of 2003, breaking the ratings record as the most successful Disney Channel movie in history and selling two million units of the soundtrack. Bryan continued to reprise her role in “The Cheetah Girls 2: When in Spain,” in August of 2006, and with “The Cheetah Girls 3,” set in India in 2008. As a recording group with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, The Cheetah Girls had one of the top ten most successful tours of 2006, selling out 87 dates and becoming one of the top 5 merchandise selling acts in history. Their first album as a recording group was “Cheetahlicious Christmas,” which was released at the end of 2005. The Cheetah Girls have also been featured on the Chicken Little soundtrack with their rendition of “Shake a Tailfeather” and on various Disneymania compilations, many of which have been certified Gold. One of Bryan’s solo projects is the fitness-dance DVD called BYOU and the sequel BYOU 2, in which she was the star and co-producer. BYOU was originally released in early 2006 and has gone double-platinum. Bryan is currently developing film, television, internet and book properties to star in and produce. Her endeavors include co-writing the book Princess of Gossip with top Young Adult author Julia DeVillers for Pocket/MTV Books, a recurring role on the new Disney Channel animated series, “Fish Hooks,” as the voice of Pamela Hamster, and she hosted three seasons of ABC.com’s web series, “Backstage with the Stars,” covering behind-the-scenes of “Dancing with the Stars.” She is currently starring on-stage in the “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at The New Tropicana.
CARSON KRESSLEY – Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer Carson Kressley is out to make over the world. Kressley was a season 13 “fan-favorite” on ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars” and recently headlined as the host of “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas.” In 2011 Kressley starred in “Carson-Nation,” a one-hour reality show for OWN, where he traveled to small towns throughout the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time with his signature heart, humor and style. Previously he helmed Lifetime’s critically acclaimed show, “How to Look Good Naked,” and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo’s breakout hit series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” He was a frequent style contributor on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where millions of viewers accessed his expertise, style and wit. He can also been seen as a style contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Live with Kelly!” Kressley recently debuted his signature line of women’s sportswear and accessories, “Love, Carson,” which is known for its easy, instant, affordable glamour and is available exclusively at Shop NBC. He is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit, including a children’s book, You’re Different and That’s Super, promoting diversity and tolerance. A women’s style guide is in the works for 2012. A strong supporter of many philanthropic causes, Kressley uses his celebrity to advance different concerns such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK, The Ali Forney Center and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. Kressley is also a trustee on the board of The True Colors Fund and The American Saddlebred Museum. He is the founding donor of the first scholarship program for GLBT youth in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania. When Kressley is not starring on stage or screen, he can be found astride one of his American Saddlebred show horses, with which he has achieved World Champion status. Kressley resides in New York City.
KYLE MASSEY – Although only 20 years old, Kyle Massey is already an industry veteran. A near champion on Season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars,” he finished second with his partner, Lacey Schwimmer. Massey is most known for his acting role as Cory Baxter on the Disney Channel’s No. 1 hit sitcom, “Cory in the House.” He originated the role of Cory on Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” which produced 100 episodes, the first in Disney’s history. Acting credits also include a leading role in the Disney Channel’s Original Movie, “Life is Ruff,” a recurring role on the animated TV series “American Dragon: Jake Long,” and most recently as Milo, the very high energy, fun loving fish on Disney Channel’s hit animated TV series, “Fish Hooks.” For his work on “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House,” Massey received an NAACP Image Award nomination. The Georgia native counts among his other talents snowboarding, riding his motorcycle and golfing. For his prowess in the latter sport, the youngster won first place in the National Minority Junior Golf Tournament in 2003. He has participated in several golf tournaments, most recently the White House Golf Tournament, where he placed 3rd. In addition to writing and producing his own music, he also sings the main title theme songs on “Cory in the House,” “Yin! Yang! Yo!,” and performed the title track for Walt Disney Picture’s “Underdog.” Massey currently splits his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles, with his parents and older brother, Christopher, who is also an actor on Nickelodeons’ “Zoey 101.” He and his brother made TV History when both “That’s So Raven” and “Zoey 101″ were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programming in 2005, the first for siblings in the same year. Massey is passionate about helping the community and lends his time to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and he just recently returned from South Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius where he helped to fit kids with hearing aids. He is currently starring on-stage in the “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas” at The New Tropicana.
The three contestants competing to be the “Viewers’ Choice: All-Star” will kick-off their campaign with their first television interview live in-studio on “Good Morning America,” Monday, July 30.
“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” and “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars the Results Show” return this season with new surprises and all the performance elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” featuring some of the best choreographers and performers from the different styles of dance who offer viewers performances that represent the peach of achievement in their genres, will return. The show also welcomes the return of the “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” which features and celebrates people whose lives have been changed forever by dance. AT&T is also helping the search to find these performers by allowing fans to nominate potential dancers.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 8:00 a.m., PT/11:00 a.m., ET on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can now vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for. They can also access the “After Party: Dancing with the Stars” live stream, the DWTS Social Buzz page, and the AT&T Spotlight Performance and Casting Call from the app.
Also new this year is “After Party: Dancing with the Stars,” a 15-20 minute live show that takes place online at www.ABC.com/DancingWithTheStars, Facebook, and YouTube immediately following each Monday night performance episode. Sponsored by AT&T, this original online video show will feature a host, a panel of dance experts, show talent and celebrity guests breaking down the highlights of the night and answering questions via Twitter, Facebook and ABC.com
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