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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Wendy Williams, pictured (Credit: ABC Photo/Bob D'Amico)

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Wendy Williams, pictured with her dance partner, Tony Dovolani.

'Dancing With the Stars' season 12 cast

Season 12 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" kicks off on March 21, 2011. Here are the stars trying to tango their way to victory. An added bonus? Two of them have Long Island connections.

Huntington's Ralph Macchio,
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Huntington's Ralph Macchio, "The Karate Kid" star, appeared opposite Karina Smirnoff on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 12 in 2011.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Kirstie Alley, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Kirstie Alley, pictured with her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovsky.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Mike Catherwood, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Mike Catherwood, pictured with his dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Petra Nemcova, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Petra Nemcova, pictured with her dance partner, Dmitry Chaplin.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Sugar Ray Leonard,
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Sugar Ray Leonard, pictured with his dance partner, Anna Trebunskaya, who returns for her seventh season.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Chris Jericho, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Chris Jericho, pictured with his dance partner, Cheryl Burke.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Chelsea Kane (formerly
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Chelsea Kane (formerly Chelsea Staub), pictured with her dance partner, Mark Ballas.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Romeo, pictured with
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Romeo, pictured with his dance partner, Chelsie Hightower.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Hines Ward, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Hines Ward, pictured with his dance partner, Kym Johnson.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - Wendy Williams, pictured
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Wendy Williams, pictured with her dance partner, Tony Dovolani.

ROMEO Rapper - and son of Master P
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ROMEO

Rapper - and son of Master P - was set to appear season 2, but Dad did instead, creating a sublime spectacle of dancing awfulness. Romeo should do better.

MIKE CATHERWOOD
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MIKE CATHERWOOD

"Loveline" radio show co-host. Unknown feet.

RALPH MACCHIO Huntington's own and the original Karate
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RALPH MACCHIO

Huntington's own and the original Karate Kid. Has the charm, the looks, and should have dance floor durability.

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CHELSEA KANE Kane's a Disney Channel star (
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CHELSEA KANE

Kane's a Disney Channel star ("Jonas LA," voice in "Fish Hooks"). Bright personality could score well.

KIRSTIE ALLEY Rebecca Howe from
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KIRSTIE ALLEY

Rebecca Howe from "Cheers," but in recent years a plus-size star who's fought the pounds. Should be popular; long shot to win.

PETRA NEMCOVA Model whose fiance was killed in
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PETRA NEMCOVA

Model whose fiance was killed in 2004's Indian Ocean tsunami. Not much name recognition, but that could change; she is engaged again.

CHRIS JERICHO Major wrestling star and would-be reality
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CHRIS JERICHO

Major wrestling star and would-be reality TV star. And hails from Manhasset. Reportedly matched with Cheryl Burke, who always confers an instant advantage.

WENDY WILLIAMS Talk show star, who may know
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WENDY WILLIAMS

Talk show star, who may know how to dance or may not; but plenty of name recognition. That should help through the early rounds.

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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Welterweight champ for years; should
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD

Welterweight champ for years; should end up in top three, if not win.

HINES WARD Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Pittsburgh will
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HINES WARD

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Pittsburgh will vote for him. He could win this.

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