There were no same-sex couples dancing on “Dancing with the Stars” this season.
In the couplings with celebrities announced this morning on “Good Morning America,” Chaz Bono, identified as “author and acivist,” will dance with Lacey Schwimmer in what will be Bono’s first regular slot in prime time TV since his parents’ “The Sonny and Cher Show,” when he appeared as their daughter Chastity.
Because Bono is transgender, his won’t be a same-sex dance couple; nor will the one with Carson Kressley, formerly of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Kressley will dance with Anna Trebunskaya. Schwimmer had been paired with an openly gay man previously when she competed with Lance Bass.
Of the other pairings, Nancy Grace will dance with Tristan McManus, one of three new professional dancers appearing on “Dancing with the Stars.
Controversial NBA star Ron Artest will also dance with a new pro dancer to the show, Peta Murgatroyd. Another new pro dancer, Val Chmerkovskiy is paired with Elisabetta Canalis, the Italian actress who is best known for being Mel Gibson’s ex girlfriend.
Of the rest of the cast, David Arquette will dance with Kym Johnson, the two time champ who returns for her 10th season; Kristin Cavallari will dance with her own two time champ Mark Ballas. And another two-time champ, Cheryl Burke, will dance with another reality TV personality, Robert Kardashian, whose sisters are far more famous. And three time champ Derek Hough will be paired with former talk show host Ricki Lake.
In some cases, the dancer will be more famous than the “star,” as pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, in her ninth season, is paired with actor and veteran J.R. Martinez.
Rounding out the cast, eturning dancer Toni Dovolani will partner with singer Chynna Phillips and World Cup soccer star Hope Solo will dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“Dancing with the Stars” begins its season Sept. 19 on ABC.