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  1. Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer

    Famously known as "The Chairman" and host of Food Network's "Iron Chef America," Mark Dacascos is also a trained martial artist and an actor. He has appeared in several feature films, including "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Only the Strong." He will dance with Lacey Schwimmer, who returns for her third season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower

    Professional snowboarder Louie Vito is among the elite athletes favored to make the 2010 U.S. Olympic team. The 21 year-old native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, turned pro in 2006 and has competed in multiple Winter X-Games competitions. He joins Chelsie Hightower, who returns for her second season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo

    Olympic swimming gold medalist Natalie Coughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that she has ever entered, for a total of 11 Olympic medals. She teams with Season 1 champion Alec Mazo, who returns for his fifth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

    Chuck Liddell is the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the icon of Mixed Martial Arts -- the fastest growing sport in America. In 1998 he won his first UFC Mixed Martial Arts fight. Soon after, Liddell rose through the ranks to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world. He is tied for the most wins by a UFC fighter, with 16. He teams with Anna Trebunskaya, who returns for her fourth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

    Supermodel Kathy Ireland is now a wife, mother of three, author, Sunday school teacher and fashion CEO. She supports many non-profits, including the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation, Feed the Children and the Alliance for Christian Education. UCLA named her one of the top 10 women's health advocates in America. She teams with Tony Dovolani, who returns for his eighth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

    Donny Osmond won the hearts of millions as both a member of the Osmonds and, with his sister Marie, as the youngest co-hosts in primetime history on the iconic ABC variety series, "The Donny & Marie Show." For nearly five decades, Donny has been a singer, musician, Broadway and film actor, talk show and game show host and bestselling author. He is paired with Kym Johnson, who returns for her seventh season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

    Actor Ashley Hamilton, son of former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant George Hamilton, has a varied entertainment career including songwriting, singing, and stand-up comedy. He teams with Edyta Sliwinska, who is the only pro to compete in all nine seasons of "Dancing with the Stars." (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

    Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay is president of First Principles, a political consulting firm. He was first elected to Congress in 1984 and eventually earned the nickname "The hammer" for his aggressive leadership style. He teams up with two-time champion Cheryl Burke, who returns for her eighth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff

    Aaron Carter, whose older brother is Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, began his musical career at age eight. In addition to his solo music career, he has acted on Broadway, and starred in the reality show "House of Carters," about his family. He teams with Karina Smirnoff, who returns for her seventh season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

    Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy and TV personality Sharon Osbourne, came to fame as a 16-year-old on "The Osbournes." She's released two albums and hosted a radio show in the U.K. She teams up with Louis Van Amstel, who returns for his fifth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Mya and Dmitry Chaplin

    R&B singer Mya has been a singing star since age 19. In addition to releasing five full length albums, one of which went platinum and another gold, she starred in the the film "Chicago," for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. She teams with Dmitry Chaplin, who returns for his second season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

    Polish-born model Joanna Krupa has made numerous TV and film appearances, and competed in the reality show "The Superstars" on ABC. She's been featured in E!'s "The Sexiest" as one of the sexiest women in the world and Maxim voted her among their Top 100 women in the world. Krupa teams with Season 7 champ Derek Hough, who returns for his fifth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas

    Actress Melissa Joan Hart, a mom of two, is best known for her starring roles in "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." She teams up with reigning two-time "Dancing with the Stars" champ Mark Ballas, who returns for his fifth season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

    Debi Mazar's feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" set the stage for an extensive career in both television and film. The actress plays publicist Shauna on HBO's "Entourage" and co-hosts an Internet show focused on Tuscan cuisine. She is a mom of two. She teams with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his seventh season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova

    Three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He teams with Season 8's Professional Dancer Competition winner Anna Demidova, who makes her debut. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

    R&B singer-songwriter Macy Gray has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. She's been nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one. She teams with Jonathan Roberts, who returns for his seventh season. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Samantha Harris and Tom Bergeron

    Samantha Harris and Tom Bergeron co-host "Dancing With the Stars." Bergeron also hosts "America's Funniest Home Videos." (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Len Goodman

    Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Len Goodman are the judges on "Dancing With the Stars." All have dancing and choreography backgrounds. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 8/27/2009 9:34:16 PM ET 2009-08-28T01:34:16

The season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” is a little under a month away, but already several days into their practice routines, the celebrities and their professional partners reveal what they have coming up for their first round of competition.

On Thursday, pro Lacey Schwimmer and Food Network host Mark Dacascos confirmed to Access Hollywood that their first dance will be the cha-cha, performed to “Kung Fu Fighting.” In addition to hosting “Iron Chef America” on Food Network, Dacascos is a champion martial artist.

Joining them in the cha-cha field will be the pair of professional Karina Smirnoff and singer Aaron Carter.

“Oh, I can hardly wait till the opening night! He’s doing so well. Our first dance is cha cha,” Smirnoff tweeted last week.

Melissa Joan Hart has begun learning the waltz and is also practicing the Latin number, but stopped short of confirming that the cha-cha will be her first number with Mark Ballas.

“Wow! The chacha will make your abs rockin!!! No more crunches, just need to chachacha!” the former “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” star tweeted.

But while their official first dance remains a mystery, Hart and Ballas are one of the many pairs that have decided on a team name: “Team Melarkey.”

Having a team name has become a trend this season on “Dancing” and Chelsie Hightower and her partner, professional snowboarder Louie Vito, have jumped on the bandwagon, branding themselves “Team Chouie.”

“Team Chouie” confirmed via Twitter they will foxtrot to No Doubt’s “It’s My Life” on the season premiere.

Derek Hough, who has been partnered with model Joanna Krupa this season, is calling his dance floor partnership “Team DJ.”

“Simple and cool,” he said about the name.

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Kelly Osbourne and her partner, Louis van Amstel, have yet to reveal their team name, dance style or song, but they did open up about an injury Ozzy and Sharon’s middle child has caused her partner.

“Oh,yeah..i forgot to tell all of you @MissKellyO kicked me in the nuts yesterday.She decided to just pull up her other knee!!!Kinda hurt,” Van Amstel wrote on his Twitter page.

And it appears Van Amstel isn’t the only pro in pain. Hough is experiencing some physical troubles already.

“I always hurt my neck every season , I guess it’s better now then later … Frustrating pain,” he Tweeted yesterday.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who lost his partner two seasons ago due to injury (Misty May Treanor), seems to be doing alright this season with his new dance floor lady, actress Debi Mazar.

“I think I got one of the hardest working people as my partner,” Chmerkovskiy tweeted. “I’m really enjoying our rehearsals. I think Debi will do great!”

And as for politician Tom DeLay, who has been paired with Cheryl Burke, he’s excited about how things are going.

“After two dance sessions I can tell you Cheryl Burke is the most patient person I have ever met,” he wrote on his Twitter page last week.

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