It's been a long, hard Dancing with the Stars-free summer, but tonight, a dozen new celebrity contenders will sashay across the ballroom floor for the judges' score (and our votes) as Season 13 gets officially underway. So why not watch and comment along with everyone else right here in this post!

Tonight's two-hour premiere will air live on ABC from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET and feature a new crop of "stars" dancing either the Cha-cha-cha or the Viennese Waltz with their professional partners.

Speaking of which, just who exactly are the contenders this time around? Well, you can click here to watch last month's big reveal on ABC, or just read from the following list:

Set to tango and quickstep with professional dance partners will be basketball star Ron Artest; World Cup soccer player Hope Solo; reality stars Robert Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Chaz Bono; TV personalities Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ricki Lake; singer-actress Chynna Phillips; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, who may be better known in the United States for being George Clooney's ex-girlfriend.

Feel free to discuss your early favorites/least favorites—or just chat—in the comments while we wait for the show to begin. And if you'd like to peruse even more information about this season—or DWTS in general—click here to pop over to the show's home on ABC's website.

If you haven't participated in one of our "live blogs" before, here's what to do: sit down in front of the TV with your computer handy, wait for the show to start, and then post a running commentary on tonight's episode, along with everyone else, in the comments section below. It's really as simple as that! If you don't have a commenter account, just quickly sign up for one and I'll be sure to get you approved right away.


I think that's it. Have fun!