The new roster of Dancing With the Stars celebs and pro partners has been revealed, but what does co-host Samantha Harris think of the upcoming pairs?
"I think it's going to be an incredible season for personalities to shine — and maybe even clash," Harris said on the red carpet for The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2009 fashion show.
"Going into season eight, we see some big names in their respective fields," Harris said of the athletes, actors and musicians slated for the March 9 premiere. "Of course this is a season of relationships. We have three stages — from dating, to engaged, to married. So that's going to be interesting to see how that plays out, and whether it's working against each other or working as a team, like Julianne [Hough] and her boyfriend Chuck Wicks."
The co-host said Olympian Shawn Johnson may get the most scrutiny. "I think it's hard not to point out Shawn Johnson being that she's an Olympic gymnast. She has the grace and flexibility, but whether that translates to high heels and a ballroom floor is another story. The judges will probably be even harder on her because they have a higher expectation."
Former Dancing contestant Susan Lucci, who was also present at the event, also expressed her excitement for the new season. "Of course I'll be rooting for [my former partner] Tony Dovolani and Nancy O'Dell," said the All My Children actress. "They look great together and Tony's so wonderful. He so deserves to be right up there as a winner."
Who will you be cheering on? And do you agree with Harris' thinking that the judges may be harder on Shawn Johnson?