March 02, 2010 06:33 AM by Christine McDow
During the finale of The Bachelor last night on ABC, the next 11 celebrities competing on Dancing with the Stars were announced.Â Some names we knew already, others were a surprise.Â There are a few we are quite excited about!Â Click below for the full list of celebrities that are competingÂ on Dancing with the Stars and to learn a little bit about each contestant.
Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut, scientist/inventor, bestselling author, advocate for man’s future in space, Buzz Aldrin is considered one of the greatest heroes of space exploration. On July 20, 1969, he and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people — the world’s largest television audience in history — witnessed this unprecedented, heroic endeavor. Upon his return from the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award.
Pamela Anderson – Model, actress, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, Pamela Anderson is a sex symbol who has appeared on more magazine covers than any other star of her generation and was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as “most downloaded.” Introduced to television audiences as the “Tool Time Girl” on the hit series “Home Improvement, ” Anderson went on to star in the global phenomenon “Baywatch.”
Erin Andrews – Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. Having begun her career at ESPN as a reporter for the network’s NHL coverage, Andrews has served as a reporter for “ESPN College Football Saturday” telecasts, “Saturday Primetime” college basketball games and Big Ten college basketball coverage.
Shannen Doherty – Shannen Doherty is a television icon known throughout the world. She rose to stardom for her portrayal of Brenda Walsh in the popular television series “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and later as Prue Halliwell on “Charmed,” after beginning her career at 11 as Jenny Wilder in “Little House: A New Beginning.” Over the course of her career, Doherty has appeared in numerous made-for-TV-movies, television series and films, including “Heathers” and “Mallrats.” She later went on to produce and star in her own reality show, “Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty,” for the Oxygen Network in 2006.
Kate Gosselin — Kate Gosselin has the joy, frustration and honor of raising eight children — twins and sextuplets — in central Pennsylvania. The daily lives of her family were previously chronicled for five seasons on TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” Gosselin is a sought-after speaker, author of the New York Times bestselling books Multiple Blessings and Eight Little Faces, and is currently in production on a new show for TLC.
Evan Lysacek – Olympic gold medalist and World Figure Skating champion Evan Lysacek has been skating since the age of 8, when he received a pair of hockey skates. His win in Vancouver was the first in 22 years for an American male figure skater at the Olympics.
Niecy Nash — The host and producer of the Style Network’s home makeover show, “Clean House,” Niecy Nash is a two-time 2009 Daytime Emmy nominee and the new Celebrity Panelist for the entertainment news program, “The Insider.” She recently won a 2010 Gracie Award for her role as no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Central hit, “Reno 911!” and it’s spin-off film, “Reno 911: Miami.” In 2008 Nash starred in her own FOX comedy series, “Do Not Disturb.” She is also well-known for her recurring role on the comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show.”
Chad Ochocinco – Chad Ochocinco is one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him from Oregon State in 2001. In his 9th season with the Bengals, he holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards of all time, the most receptions, the most receiving yards in a game, the most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and the most touchdowns in a game. He is a six-time Pro-Bowler and was named All-Pro three times. He made headlines in 2008 when he legally changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco to match his jersey number, “85.”
Jake Pavelka — As the handsome commercial pilot and most recent bachelor looking for love on ABC’s “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” Jake Pavelka has the reputation as an honest guy with an open heart. He has been a fan favorite since viewers were stunned when Jillian Harris rejected him right before the hometown dates on the previous season’s “The Bachelorette.” With a positive outlook on the experience, Pavelka won over the hearts of many and met his match when he narrowed 25 lucky bachelorettes down to one this past season.
Nicole Scherzinger – Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a singer, songwriter, trained actress, performer and the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. She was asked to join the Pussycat Dolls recording group as the lead singer after being recognized from her success on the TV show “Popstars” and the group Eden’s Crush. The Pussycat Dolls’ 2006 debut album, “PCD,” went double-platinum in America and sold over 9 million copies worldwide, with several Top 10 hits songs, including “Don’t Cha”, “Buttons” and “Stickwitu”. Following the success of “PCD,” Scherzinger recorded a series of duets and guest vocal appearances with artists such as P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Vittorio and several others.
Aiden Turner- Aiden Turner was born on April 2, 1977 in Hertforshire, England and was educated at St. Edmund’s College. He attended culinary school to pursue his love of cooking, and for two years he worked as a chef in Hertford. While doing so, he taught himself how to mix music, and so he also began working at night as a DJ. He then went on to follow his dream to travel all over the world, visiting Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and North America. He studied acting at the Method Studio Covent Garden in London, which helped him land commercial and television castings. He was cast for the role of Aiden Devane on ABC’s “All My Children” in 2002. He played that role for eight years, and recently left the show to pursue other acting opportunities in film and television.