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‘Dancing With the Stars 14′ cast: Atlanta native Gladys Knight, Sherri Shepherd, Urkel, Melissa Gilbert, Martina Navratilova

Gladys Knight holds up the Legends Award she received during the Soul Train Awards on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Gladys Knight holds up the Legends Award she received during the Soul Train Awards on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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Georgia has been well represented in recent seasons by the likes of Kyle Massey (third, season 11), Hines Ward (winner, season 12), Nancy Grace (fifth, season 13) and J.R. Martinez (winner, season 13).

This time around for seaseon 14, we get Atlanta native and R&B legend Gladys Knight. The season begins March 19 on ABC.

Overall, the 12-person cast lacks a truly polarizing figure, iconic star or genuine A- list performer. But it’s the usual mix that “DWTS” likes to create: two sports figures, three singers, a soap star, a Disney child actor, a TV host and several actors, mostly well past their prime. Interestingly, there are no reality stars this time around. (What? No Kardashian?) As another TV writer Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay TimNancy Gracees noted, comedians (like an Adam Carolla) or news magnets (like Grace) are absent as well.

Besides Knight, there is Melissa Gilbert (”Little House on the Prairie”), Jack Wagner (”General Hospital,” “Melrose Place”), tennis great Martina Navratilova, Jaleel White (Urkel on “Family Matters”), pop singer Gavin DeGraw (current hit “Not Over You”), Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, Disney star Roshon Fegan (”Shake it Up!”), crossover classical singer Katherine Jenkins, Hispanic soap star William Levy, “Extra” host Maria Menounos and “The View” star Sherri Shepherd.

I’ll handicap the dancers closer to air date.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

23 comments Add your comment

Jack McFarland

February 28th, 2012
9:33 am

Mmm…William Levy. He is gorgeous. I loved him in J.Lo’s “I’m into you” video.

Mercedes S.

February 28th, 2012
10:20 am

I’ve actually heard of five of those people!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:25 am

Gladys Knight not an A-list performer? Rodney… your hat’s too tight!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:27 am

Unfortunately, Mercedes, I’ve heard of seven.

Rodney Ho

February 28th, 2012
10:27 am

Depends how you define an A list. I am thinking of someone more current. But she is the closest to A list they have this time around.

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:34 am

I can see Donald Driver scoring a perfect 30 on a dance and doing a “Lambeau Leap” into the crowd! :-)

Elaine from Seattle

February 28th, 2012
10:39 am

What happened to Sig Hansen? I thought he was being considered. Frankly, anyone from Deadliest Catch would be awesome!

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:40 am

Ask most people over the age of 15 if they’ve heard of Gladys Knight and odds are they’ll say yes.

She sells out shows wherever she goes. She’s beloved by millions.

A-list in my book. :-)

Rickster

February 28th, 2012
10:43 am

Urkel wins the trophy, drops it, and it shatters into a million pieces. He slowly turns to Tom Bergeron and asks “Did I do thaaaaat?” :-)

Connie

February 28th, 2012
11:55 am

BJ

February 28th, 2012
12:04 pm

May check it out onr yimr to see Jaleel White, but overall BORING! ZZZZzzzz!

WHO CARES

February 28th, 2012
12:20 pm

NOT a fan of DWTS. NEVER WILL

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clintB

February 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

Maria Menounous, I would watch her shake it all day

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gunga din

February 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

looking forward to seeing Sherri Shephard fall on her big fat ass. of course, when she does get booted off she will blame the “white folks”

Gwendolyn Stone

February 28th, 2012
5:02 pm

Gladys is the Baddest but she is not a dancer. Bubba would have been better. If Jaleel White holds true, he could win. I hope he gets Cheryl as his partner. If Sherry gets Derek, hmmmmm.

Fealty

February 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

Totally agree with you, Rickster, regarding Gladys Knight. I think by many people’s standards who knows anything about music, particularly rhythm and blues – young and old alike, she is most definitely “A-List”!

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