Jason Taylor by Bob D'Amico/ABC, Marlee Matlin by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Dancing with the Stars
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Deborah Starr Seibel
Best Known For:
Playing for the Miami Dolphins and being named the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
He's got fast moves and the right attitude. "I've never admitted this, but I always wanted to learn how to tango," says Taylor. "I've seen it in the movies, and I thought it was sexy."
Taylor hurt his left foot at the end of last season and has dislocated "about every finger in my hand," he says. And unlike almost every other contestant who has been on this show, Taylor doesn't want to lose weight, "because I still have a day job."
Best Known For:
Winning a best-actress Oscar for 1986's
Children of a Lesser God
The season's only newcomer, Fabian Sanchez, a world mambo champion and four-time Fred Astaire National Champion
An iron will. Matlin's whole career, she says, has been about defying expectations. "I've been doing that ever since I won the Academy Award and critics said I won out of pity, just because I'm deaf."
An unusually strong reliance on Sanchez, who will demonstrate the moves as her interpreter relays the instructions. "Effectively, all she'll be able to hear is the beat," says
executive producer Conrad Green.
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