Dancing with the Stars Kicks Off New Season

Posted Tuesday March 10, 2009 3:45 PM GMT

Last night “Dancing with the Stars” kicked off its Season 8 with a whole new line-up. From reality-TV stars to a Go-Go girl to a computer whiz to a gymnast to a pro linebacker and more, this season will be nothing short of bland.

Lil’ Kim and reigning champ, Derek Hough, were the first to hit the floor with the rapper dedicating her dance to the ladies at the Federal Detention Center.

Meanwhile, MTV’s “Jackass” mad man, Steve-O, received a standing ovation from his friends in the front row, Johnny Knoxville and Wee-man.

DWTS champ, Julianne Hough’s newest dance partner and boyfriend, Chuck Wicks, wowed the crowd with his grace while Denise Richards was a ball of nerves.

Holly Madison was among one of the last minute replacements, filling in for an injured Jewel while Melissa Rycroft, whose heart we watched break on last week’s “Bachelor” after show, replaced Nancy O’Dell.

The new dancers were free from elimination this week, but next Monday night we will see who will be the first to say good bye.

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Enjoy the pictures from the backstage trailer area before last night's "DWTS" season premiere (March 9).

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