*Actress and TV host Niecy Nash will join NFL star Chad Ochocinco in the upcoming cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering March 22.
Host Tom Bergeron and former finalist Melissa Rycroft revealed the cast Monday during the season finale of “The Bachelor.”
Nash, formerly of Comedy Central’s “Reno 911” and the current host of Style network’s “Clean House” will bet he ballroom dance on against #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and reality stars Kate Gosselin of “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” and Jake Pavelka from the newly-wrapped run of “The Bachelor.”
Rounding out the cast: gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek, sportscaster Erin Andrews, singer Nicole Scherzinger and actors Shannen Doherty and Aiden Turner.
“It’s definitely one of our strongest cast lineups ever,” said executive producer Conrad Green. “Pound for pound, it should be really fascinating watching.”
The new dancers will train for three weeks before making their televised run for the coveted mirrorball trophy. 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.