Dancing with the Stars Cast: Let's Do It!

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Twelve celebrities.

One disco ball trophy.

The fifth season of Dancing with the Stars begins tonight - and each contestant is ready to lay claim to the title won last year by Apolo Anton Ohno.

Two early favorites have to be a pair of pop singers: Melanie Brown, supported in the audience by Victoria Beckham and David Beckham; and Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan (High School Musical star Corbin Bleu is in her corner).

Others, of course, are hoping to pull an upset.

"I would love to go the whole way just because I said to them, ‘Look, I've got to lose some weight so I figure it's better for you guys to pay for it than me,'" Marie Osmond, pictured here with Jennie Garth, said to People.

And the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress agreed: "The baby weight from baby number three did not go away as quickly as the other two, so for me this is a great opportunity to get in good shape."

Dancing with the Stars will also provide an opportunity to heal for billionaire businessman Mark Cuban, recovering from a recent hip replacement surgery, and actress Jane Seymour, who's had recurring back problems most of her adult life.

Of course, another pair of dancers have few physical deficiencies: models Josie Maran and Albert Reed. They may become viewer favorites. Yum.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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