Dancing with the Stars Starts Tonight!

Okay, so on to more fun and lighthearted topics… Are you guys as excited as I am about the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars?

It all begins in a two hour –premiere tonight at 8 eastern. (Aren’t you glad I didn’t post it in Alaska time, so you don’t have to do the math?) Here are the teams, taken from the DWTS website:

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff

Gladys Knight & , Tristan MacManus

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy

William Levy & Cheryl Burke

I always pull for Mark Ballas, naturally. This season, my former partner is paired with opera star Katherine Jenkins, who recently took him sightseeing in London. Do you think he loved his time in London more than Wasilla?

Pulling for you, Mark!

Okay, readers. What do you think of the new cast? Who’s your favorite to win it all?

Leave a comment to tell me who you like, who you don’t like, and who you’re pulling for — plus, get weekly updates with the best of my blog!

  • Chris in Ottumwa

    Of course none of us like this cast as good as when you were on the show!

    Favorite would have to be Donald Driver as the football guys seem to be pretty good dancers and also have quite a few fans to help out with the voting…

  • http://wittstream.blogspot.com Mike Witt

    Not so excited. For the most part I’m not sure who the star is and who the pro is! This is why my daughter calls the show, “Dancing with the vaguely familiar!” You did great on the show, but we haven’t watched it much since then.

    • Raffaela V. DiBella

      I have to go along with that. I realized in the earlier seasons when my favorite, and the Judges favorite, Stacy Keebler, a female WWE wrestler was not the winner, as she should have been! Then it became so obvious during the last 2-3 seasons, it was really not on the up and up. It’s not a talent show, sorry to say. It’s all about HOW many people are in your fan club. I haven’t watched it since last year and have no intention of ever watching it again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amymperkins Amy Perkins

    I LOVE Mark and Derek and always want them to go far but I’m excited to see Jaleel White on this season and will be pulling for him first…the others second. Grew up watching Family Matters and loved Urkel so I’m anxious to see what Jaleel is actually like.

  • DebinNY

    I always root for Mark & whomever his partner is! I just adore him! :)

  • Judi

    So excited for the new episode of DWTS. Will have to wait for a while to see who my favorite might be but I have always been a great fan of Gladys Knight!

  • janet shrader

    i am leaning toward erkel, but am interested in seeing what laura ingalls and shepherd bring to the table!!

  • Deborah Barton

    Yes, I’m SO excited DWTS is starting again tonight. Mark is my favorite, too – along with Derrick Hough & Chelsie Hightower, whom I’ve followed since she competed on So You Think You Can Dance. Even though I have to admit I don’t know half the stars, it doesn’t matter – I just love the dancing!

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  • Leslie Wagner

    I am excited about DWTS starting tonight and I am also a huge Mark Ballas fan, so I will be pulling for Team K-Mark.

  • Sue Lynn

    I’m pulling for Mark also. I only watched DWTS because you were on but since your watching what the heck I’ll be watching and voting…Mark…It should be fun!!!