Here's the list of celebrity pairings on the 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars." As expected, Maks gets Hope Solo which absolutely makes this duo the one to beat . . . and good luck with that! And who is the lucky dancer to get Derek Hough, back after a season or so off? That would be Ricki Lake, who instantly becomes a cinch to last long and hard in this competition. Lucky Ricki.
And you'll also note some brand new names here, and a few notable absences -- Louis Van Amstel and Edyta Sliwinska, to name two.
The news release:
David Arquette and Kym Johnson: David Arquette, actor and producer, joins two-time champion Kym Johnson, who returns for her 10th season.
Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd: Ron Artest, NBA champion, partners with last season's Troupe member Peta Murgatroyd, who makes her "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer: Chaz Bono, author and activist, teams up with Lacey Schwimmer, who is back for her fifth season.
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Elisabetta Canalis, model and actress, partners up with Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks' brother, who makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.
Kristen Cavallari and Mark Ballas: Kristen Cavallari, reality-TV starlet, teams up with two-time champ Mark Ballas, who returns for his ninth season.
Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus: Nancy Grace, legal analyst, joins last season's Troupe member Tristan McManus, who makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.
Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: Robert Kardashian, reality TV star, partners up with two-time champ Cheryl Burke, who is back for her 12th season.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya: Carson Kressley, fashion and style guru and television star, partners up with Anna Trebunskaya, who returns for her eighth season.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: Ricki Lake, talk show host and actress, joins three-time champ Derek Hough, who returns for his eighth season.
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: J.R. Martinez, veteran and "All My Children" actor, teams up with Karina Smirnoff, who returns for her ninth season.
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani: Chynna Phillips, singer, joins Tony Dovolani, who is back for his 12th season
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Hope Solo, World Cup star, teams up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his 11th season.