LIVE: Dancing with the Stars, Season 11 Premiere Event

Are you ready? Ready for yet another season of Dancing with the Stars? If so, you're in luck: tonight, at 8:00 PM ET on ABC, the season kicks off with a two-hour premiere event! More inside, plus your open thread.

As I previously stated, the new season starts tonight and will air—live—on ABC from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET.

Here's a breakdown of the stars who will be sashaying across the dance floor for the judges' scores—and your votes—this season:

The Men

  • Michael Bolton
  • Rick Fox
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Kyle Massey
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
  • Kurt Warner

The Women:

  • Brandy
  • Margaret Cho
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Florence Henderson
  • Audrina Patridge
  • Bristol Palin

Bonus: rumor has it that the Queen of Stupid herself, Sarah Palin, will be in the audience tonight to watch Bristol's routine. Oh, joy!

Feel free to chat below in the comments, or browse some of the following helpful links, as you wait for the show to begin:

  • For behind the scenes clips, rehearsal photos and more, feel free to pop over to ABC's official website.
  • For all of the other Dancing with the Stars posts on Gawker.TV, click here.
  • And for a rundown on how commenting works at Gawker.TV, click here.

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