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Despite the dubious reasons for Kate Gosselin becoming a household name, she's a bona fide celebrity now, and will compete on Dancing with the Stars Season 10!

Like fellow contestant Jake Pavelka, Kate is only famous for being on another TV show, and for the assorted celebrity gossip stories that followed in her personal life.

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Can she bring Dancing glory back to Pennsylvania? We sincerely doubt it. Will she be a ratings draw? You know it. Here's a brief rundown on this DWTS contender ...

Full name: Katie Irene Gosselin (née Kreider)
Professional partner: Tony Dovolani
Age: 34
Hails from: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Original occupation: Registered nurse
Signature look: Reverse mullet weave
Signature move: Emasculating Jon Gosselin
Number of kids: Eight
Number of books: Three
Number of THG posts on her: 140
Odds of winning: 155-1

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Kate Gosselin has officially gone Hollywood.

Eight kids in Wernersville, Pa., don't like that one bit. Why can't a mom have fun, Kate Gosselin asks in People magazine. Um, because you have eight freaking kids.

Not even three months after Kate and Jon Gosselin's divorce was finalized, their twins, 9, and sextuplets, 5, are struggling with even more upheaval.

Despite the makeshift studio they installed in her house, Dancing with the Stars still requires that Kate, its new cast member, be in L.A. at least three days a week.

The children are taking it hard. Minded by five nannies in her absence, the "depressed" kids "were asking, 'When is Mommy coming home?'" an insider reported.

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In fact, as she trained and promoted her Dancing with the Stars stint (debuting March 22), Kate spent February 21-March 5 away from the kids.

Two days a week? Hardly.

Twins Cara and Maddy "seem depressed when Kate isn't around," another source says. Five-year old Aaden, Collin and Joel, meanwhile, "got into trouble at school."

It's a disturbing pattern, but their mom, who "wants to be a huge star," justifies her "work" with a surprising comparison - that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie do it!

"She frequently says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have lots of kids and their parents are away for long periods, working to support them," a family insider said.

Don't the kids usually go with Brangelina, though? Just wondering. And where's Jon Gosselin? Morgan Christie can't part with his two-inch package a few times a week?

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Kate Gosselin is out for Dancing with the Stars glory. But regardless of whether she can shock the world and win, she's determined to have a blast trying.

“I really want to win. It’s just that the dancing part is getting in the way of winning,” she says. “In my mind, I’m winning. In my actions, not so much.”

The spirit willing, the flesh weak. But Kate says that no matter how long she lasts on DWTS, the important thing is that she does her best and has fun.

“If I last two weeks on the show, I’ve shown my kids that hard work and perseverance pays off,” says Gosselin, who'll be partnered with Tony Dovolani.

“And if I don’t win, then at the very least I’ve shown them that you don’t always have to come in first. You just have to do your best, keep on trying.”

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Can Kate Gosselin make a run at the Dancing title?

As for her critics who say she can't balance fame and raising the eight children she shares with former husband Jon Gosselin, Kate asks "why can't a mom have fun?"

Truly, a question for the ages.

When people say that she's a bad mom, apparently this "destroys" Kate. Somewhere, Jon is screaming "You're a bad mom, you're a bad mom, you're a bad mom!"

Just kidding. He said he wishes Kate luck on the program. Whether he means that is another story, but at least he's putting on a good face publicly ... this moment.

In other news, dude's package is supposedly really small.

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As she readies for her debut on Dancing With the Stars, Kate Gosselin has a big decision to make. No, not whether to hire Stephanie Santoro to watch the kids.

Stylist Ted Gibson is giving her hair a new look ... but what kind?

Rumor has it that when Kate hits up the salon today, she’ll be back to her famous short 'do. But only on a temporary basis while her new longer hair is readied.

“She’ll have a new hairdo tomorrow because we’re taking out [her hair extensions] and we’re not putting them back in until Thursday," Gibson dished recently.

“We’re actually doing three different shades, a caramel, a beige blond and a bit of a lighter blonde ... The extensions will last the whole time she’s on the show.”

What do you think? Good move? What hairstyle should she wear on DWTS? Take a look at some recent Kate Gosselin pictures and vote in our survey below ...

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She is far from the most seasoned contender on Dancing with the Stars, but Kate Gosselin is already popular with the cast and has tons of fans pulling for her.

Even Jon Gosselin says he's on Team Kate.

Now that's saying something. The previous time he was aligned with that woman, dude ended up with eight kids, a midlife crisis at 32 and fat child support payments.

"Congratulations to Kate for joining the new season of DWTS. I am thrilled for her. She has my support and vote," the douchebag wrote on Twitter, diplomatically.

Apparently in a peacemaking mood (Morgan Christie must have put out), Jon added, "Here is to 2010 for new beginnings and leaving the past mistakes in 2009."

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Amazing these two didn't work out.

That was really nice of Jon, but if Hailey Glassman has taught us anything, it's that his Johnson is two inches long you can't always take what he says at face value.

A source close to the infamous father says that "Jon's extremely angry because doing Dancing with the Stars will keep [Kate] away from their children for days."

Moreover, "she still won't let him have extra custody ... nannies will watch them instead." At least that leaves more time for a Jon Gosselin nude Playgirl shoot.

Jon's rep insisted that the source is bogus, and that no matter what people say, "He's happy for her. She's part of his family and he supports her 100 percent."

Who sucks more?

 

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Kate Gosselin is fitting in nicely on Dancing With the Stars, according to reports. Its cast members apparently never watched her on Jon & Kate Plus 8.

On Tuesday, the reality-mom turned amateur dancer met with her Dancing With the Stars rivals in a Hollywood studio for a promotional photo shoot.

Gosselin and Dovolani

"Kate was so nice," a set source tells Us Weekly. "Everyone loved her. She was funny, cordial and accommodating." Adds the insider: "It was a surprise!"

The star's dancing partner, Tony Dovolani, agrees. Following their Good Morning America visit Tuesday, he Tweeted, "Kate and I are getting along great."

"She is [an amazing] Mom and it looks like she is going to become a great dancer too! Kate and I are having a blast today. [We] had a nice long day of photo shoots and title shoots and I think both of us are ready to just pass out lol."

LOL, indeed.

Will Kate Gosselin hold her own on Dancing with the Stars?

Kate has her work cut out against the likes of Chad Ochocinco, Erin Andrews, Damian Whitewood and Jake Pavelka. But she's riding a wave of confidence.

Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gosselin said she "can't dance," but nevertheless "I'm gonna win." One strategy: employ her eight kids to vote for her.

Dovolani plans to travel with her to her Wernersville, Pa. home and rehearse at a "local studio" or in the basement studio DWTS had made for Kate.

Gosselin praises Dovolani as "a very positive person. Even when I mess up really, really bad - which is a lot - he still has something positive to say."

Unlike Kate on Jon & Kate Plus 8. She basically cut Jon's nuts off every single week. Speaking of Jon, how about that pic Hailey Glassman posted!

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As we reported yesterday afternoon and confirmed last night, Kate Gosselin has joined the Dancing with the Stars cast for the season starting March 22.

If you thought casting Kate as one of the "stars" was a stretch, think again. ABC feels she'll be such a ratings draw, they bent over backwards to get her.

For example, while the rest of the cast - announced last night after The Bachelor finale - practices in L.A., Kate will do so in her Pennsylvania basement.

Kate will be practicing her moves in a newly-converted dance studio at home so she can be near the eight kids she spawned with d-bag ex Jon Gosselin.

Dancing with the Stars is not only letting Kate slide with this unconventional arrangement, the show will be footing a hefty bill for the makeshift studio.

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Are you excited to see Kate bust a move on DWTS?

Kate's partner, Tony Dovolani, will fly to Kate's home for practice. Kate will only be in L.A. two days per week, for the taping, until she gets voted off.

Which should be approximately one episode.

When she's cutting a rug on the west coast, her kids will stay in Pennsylvania with a nanny. Presumably not one by the name of Stephanie Santoro.

Kate apparently told Dancing with the Stars that this was the only way she'd do the show, "because she's a single mom trying to make money."

One with the right priorities ... kind of.

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Kate Gosselin will be one of the contestants on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, according to reports. This poses an interesting dilemma:

How do they even introduce her on the show? Mother of eight? Bitchy single former reality star? Shameless, self-promoting author with awful hair?

Ugly Kate Gosselin

In any case, the official Dancing With the Stars cast announcement will be made this evening as a cross-promotion with The Bachelor season finale.

"I want to laugh at myself. I so cannot dance. It would be a terribly sad sight," said the grating mother of eight on the Jay Leno Show recently.

Which begs the question: what would Gosselin do with her kids during the hours of grueling daily rehearsals for the reality competition show?

FEAR THE PORCUPINE: Whatever that is on her head, it is a force to be reckoned with as Kate Gosselin is ready to kick ass and take names on Dancing with the Stars.

She will actually prepare her routines in Pennsylvania, near where she lives, instead of in the show's rehearsal studios on the West Coast, according to sources:

"Kate's the kind of woman who will do whatever is necessary for her children. It's great for her to be on the show, but only in a way that benefits her family."

The show was willing to make such a concession since producers believe she will be a ratings bonanza for Dancing with the Stars, and they're probably right.

Kate is now the primary breadwinner for her brood, as the legal battle waged by Jon Gosselin against TLC ate up a big chunk of his money - and notoriety.

He can't do any more TV appearances now until they cut him loose. Which pretty much takes away his only source of revenue - being a douche, but on TV.

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Kate Gosselin is switching up her hair yet again ... but is that a good thing?

After her new hair extensions emerged from a 20-hour makeover at the hands of celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, the mom-of-eight was reportedly displeased.

For $7,000 (left), we can see why. So, she had him change her look again, cutting off inches for a shoulder-length style (middle). Yeah ... not so sure about that.

Which style do you think is best on the ex-wife of Jon Gosselin? Her new hairstyle, her new new hairstyle, or the traditional reverse mullet thing from the show?

Vote in our survey below!

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Last week, Hailey Glassman told Steppin' Out magazine that her ex-beau Jon Gosselin's penis is "tiny, tiny, tiny." Not a lot of room for interpretation there.

It looks like she's not alone in her assessment, either.

According to Us Weekly, Jon's former wife Kate Gosselin had a somewhat different, but similarly critical way of referring to his manhood, or lack thereof:

"Stubby."

Imagery we do not need on a sleep-deprived Monday morning.

The former Mr. & Mrs. Stubby in happier times.

According to a family source, Kate would joke with friends and family about Jon's genital shortcomings, and even called him "Stubby" to his face to mock him.

Sounds like something that grating nag would do.

Jon is currently getting cozy with new girlfriend Morgan Christie, who has yet to comment on the size of Lil' Jon. We give it a couple of weeks, but no more.

Over the weekend we Tweeted at Hailey Glassman, who Jon dated post-Kate and pre-Morgan, about her recent comments and got the response seen below.

No one can accuse her of lacking a sense of humor ... in fact, with an analogy like that, she might make a terrific content writer at The Hollywood Gossip ...

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