Meet Dancing Stars Monica Seles and Cristian de la Fuente
Monica Seles and Cristian de la Fuente by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Dancing with the Stars
' newbies get ready to dazzle on the dance floor - the hit reality competition returns Monday, March 17 - we've got a week-long guide to who's hoofing for Season 7. Check back each day for our profiles of more pairings. -
Deborah Starr Seibel
Best Known For
Her nine Grand Slam tennis titles between 1990 and 1996
During her career, Seles' extraordinary speed, footwork and stamina helped her become the No. 1 player in the world.
"Monica is one of our more nervous contestants this year," says
executive producer Conrad Green. "This is a huge departure for her." And she's got a bad left foot that effectively sidelined her tennis career. "I've had numerous injuries to that foot," she says. "That was one of my biggest worries."
Cristián de la Fuente
Best Known For
Being a telenovela heartthrob who has also appeared on
Dancing in Chilean and American nightclubs. "When I came [to the U.S.], I met a lot of Cuban and Dominican girls who would teach me," says De la Fuente. "But it was private coaching, not from professionals."
Less name recognition and a tendency to let his emotions rule. "I hope the nerves don't take over," says De la Fuente. "Most of the winners have been professional athletes, so when the stakes are really high, they have the ability to control their emotions and their fears. That's the only thing that could play against me."
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