"Dancing With the Stars" prides itself on having diverse casts, and it surely has scored on that count this time.
From an ex-governor and would-be vice president's daughter -- Bristol Palin -- to the female star of one of the most beloved dance movies ever, Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing"), just about everyone is included as the popular ABC contest starts its 11th season Monday, Sept. 20. And it won't take long for someone to get booted out: That happens the next night.
Palin she says received the "Dancing" offer "a while ago. It's something I always had wanted to do, but never thought I'd get the opportunity to. The timing was perfect. I'm excited just to get out of Alaska for a few months and to be in California, in the warm weather."
Given her iconic role as Baby in "Dirty Dancing," ever-present since its 1987 release thanks to television and home video, Grey knows "Dancing With the Stars" expectations will be high for her.
"I think they've asked me to do it every season." she says, "and I'd never actually considered it. Last year was literally the first time I did, and it had to do with the timing. I just turned 50, and I can't compare myself to the 'me' that the public remembers from that movie."
Also seen recently on the ABC Family drama series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," single mother Palin will have 20-month-old son Tripp with her during her "Dancing" stint.
"My parents were definitely excited for me to see this part of the country," she says. "They're also excited that I'm going to be doing something positive, working hard and trying to learn these dance moves. I have no dance experience at all."
Similarly, Grey admits, "I'd go to places like Studio 54, and I always was obsessed with dancing, but I never could learn combinations. I just liked to move, and that's how I got 'Dirty Dancing.'
"Then I guess I became too known for my dancing, and I didn't feel I wanted to draw that kind of attention. I'm trying my best to let go of what other people think of me, and to just do what's right for me."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun