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ABC’s ‘Dancing’ Gets Carlson, Hamlin, Springer

Aug 14, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A conservative cable news pundit, a former NFL player and the husband of a competitor from last season are among the celebrity competitors who will appear in the third installment ABC’s reality series “Dancing With the Stars.”

MSNBC anchor Tucker Carlson, syndicated talk show host Jerry Springer, Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith, actor Harry Hamlin (whose wife, Lisa Rinna, danced in the second installment of the series), “High School Musical” star Monique Coleman, country singer Sara Evans, actress Vivica A. Fox, pop star Willa Ford, beauty queen Shannon Moakler, former teen heartthrob Joe Lawrence and former syndicated talk host Mario Lopez will be contestants on “Dancing.”

The show, a ratings hit for ABC its first two seasons, returns with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. (ET). The hour-long results show premieres Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

“Dancing” is the U.S. version of the British series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” The U.S. version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Conrad Green is executive producer.