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Dancing with the Stars 2009 Contestants

Shaun Harrison
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Belinda CarlisleFOR HER The chubby-cheeked lead singer of the Go-Go's is still the epitome of cool for an entire generation. (Thankfully, she has changed her hairstyle since then.)AGAINST HER Nothing. Belinda Carlisle is perfect.
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David Alan GrierFOR HIM Grier is an improv-comedy phenom, which will serve him well if he forgets any steps.AGAINST HIM Len Goodman is not easily amused.
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JewelFOR HER She's comfortable in front of cameras, having hosted the fifth season of USA's Nashville Star.AGAINST HER She was replaced in the sixth season by... Billy Ray Cyrus. Also: multitasking is not her strong suit (see: poetry, acting).
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Shawn JohnsonFOR HER The disciplined Olympic gold medalist is used to rigorous practice schedules.AGAINST HER She's, like, 42 inches tall. At 17, she's also the youngest contestant ever.
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Lil' KimFOR HER Say what you will, this rap diva knows how to entertain.AGAINST HER She's not exactly known for her manners.
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Gilles MariniFOR HIM The French actor is best known for his nude scene opposite Kim Cattrall in the Sex and the City movie.AGAINST HIM Dancing with the Stars is a clothing-mandatory enterprise.
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Ty MurrayFOR HIM America loves cowboys, and ballroom dancing is kind of like a rodeo, but with capes and sequins.AGAINST HIM Maybe his wife, Jewel, likes them, but those chaps he wears aren't exactly aerodynamic.
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Nancy O'DellFOR HER Her perky demeanor and svelte physique are already camera-ready.AGAINST HER She's paid to look good standing still.
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Denise RichardsFOR HER The statuesque former Bond girl and Wild Things "actress" certainly has the body to be a dancer.AGAINST HER After a messy divorce from Charlie Sheen and an E! reality show of questionable merit, the nation's appetite for more Richards might already be sated.
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Steve-oFOR HIM The Jackass star is fearless.AGAINST HIM Attaching a baby alligator to his scrotum is not going to earn him any extra points with the judges (well, maybe Bruno).
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Lawrence TaylorFOR HIM America loves a second act: The formerly debaucherous New York Giants linebacker has been clean and sober since 1998.AGAINST HIM Inevitably, his costume choices will spawn a groan-inducing series of "Big Blue" puns from host Tom Bergeron.
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Chuck WicksFOR HIM He's easy on the eyes. Amirite, ladies?AGAINST HIM He's dating Dancing pro Julianne Hough, which means men everywhere already hate him.
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Steve WozniakFOR HIM Um, people love Apple computers?AGAINST HIM He might be a cagillionaire, but he's not exactly physically fit.