Bristol Palin. David Hasselhoff. Mike Sorrentino - otherwise known as the Sitch. All on the same show?  Only in America, or only on "Dancing with the Stars," which has determined that the art of casting is also the art of the improbable, or of the implausible. The eleventh season cast of "DWTS" - starting Sept. 20 - was announced last night on reality show, "Bachelor Pad," and most of the names were expected by fans who couldn't very well ignore a unusually pitched guessing game, courtesy of TMZ and a few dozen other gossip sites.
 

To be blunt, there were no surprises, including Palin, who has reportedly been in the hunt for reality stardom, and last night  - appearing a little nervous - said her mother, Sarah, is "excited for me. She knows this is going to be hard work but she's excited."
 

Cast members revealed in order by ABC were Brandy, the R&B singer/song-writer;Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"); Margaret Cho, comedienne and former star of an ABC sitcom, "All American Girl;" Audrina Patridge, longstanding cast member of "The Hills;" Florence Henderson, AKA "Carol Brady;" and Palin. The wouldbe male dancers are Michael Bolton, the soft rock balladeer; Mike Sorentino, star of "Jersey Shore;" Hasselhoff, most recently a judge on "America's Got Talent;" Kurt Warner, veteran quarterback (long ago with the Giants) who retired from the Arizona Cardinals after last season; Rick Fox, former small forward with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Kyle Massey, rapper, and star of "That's So Raven."
 

How's this cast measure up? On paper, well. It has household names (the Hoff; the Sitch), former professional athletes, a TV legend (Henderson), and the genuinely-famous-if-not-quite-as-famous-as-they-used-to-be (Brandy, Bolton.) There's no obvious front-runner either - like a former Olympic athlete - which should make the competion a little more interesting.

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