‘Dancing with the Stars': Fascinating Pairs for 2009

By: Betsy Waldman / February 19, 2009

ABC‘s cast photos for Dancing with the Stars‘ season eight pairings have been released and there are some unusual pairings to be had.

The most interesting duo to watch perform will definitely be Apple co-founder and Kathy Griffin ex Steve Wozniak with professional dancer and Mario Lopez ex Karina Smirnoff.

“Woz” (as he was affectionately called by Griffin when he appeared on several episodes of My Life On The D-List) is, to put it mildly, a big guy. One stumble during a fox trot and Smirnoff could be done for.

Other interest pairs include rapper and ex-convict Lil’ Kim with Derek Hough, Jackass regular and professional eff-up Steve-O with Lacey Schwimmer, and amateur legal eagle Denise Richards with heartthrob Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The Cloris Leachman troublemaking wackjob role this go-round should be a tie between Steve-O and comedian David Alan Grier with entertainment reporter Nancy O’Dell‘s hairspray addiction as a dark horse in the running in that category.

The season eight premiere is schedule for March 9.