LOS ANGELES -- Chad Ochocinco is putting on his dancing
shoes for TV.
Known for his touchdown celebrations in the end zone, the
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is taking his act from the
gridiron to the stage as a contestant on the upcoming season of
"Dancing With the Stars."
Gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and sportscaster Erin
Andrews will also compete.
Lysacek recently became the first American man since Brian
Boitano to win the Olympic gold in Vancouver. Andrews is an ESPN
reporter who was in the headlines last year after a man shot nude
videos of her through a hotel room peephole and posted them online.
Host Tom Bergeron and former finalist Melissa Rycroft revealed
the cast Monday.
Athletes have typically done well on the hit show, with Hall of
Fame running back Emmitt Smith, Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton
Ohno, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, figure skater Kristi
Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson all winning in previous
seasons. Former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Warren Sapp, and current
Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor have also been
"Dancing With the Stars" returns March 22 with a cast that
includes model-actress Pamela Anderson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Also competing for the mirrorball trophy will be: singer
Nicole Scherzinger, actors Shannen Doherty, Aiden Turner and Niecy Nash and reality stars Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka.
"It's definitely one of our strongest cast lineups ever," said
executive producer Conrad Green. "Pound for pound, it should be
really fascinating watching."
Green said the recipe for a great cast is "part hope, part
luck, part skill, part research." The show's staff has been
courting many of the newly announced contestants for months, he
The new dancers will train for three weeks before making their
Green said his staff is enforcing limits on training time to
avoid the spate of injuries that plagued last year's cast and
caused two stars to drop out before the competition began.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.