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Mario To Finally Get Dance Lessons

Lyndsey Parker
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The 2008 Dancing With The Stars cast was announced today, and it was pretty much the usual left/lead-footed suspects:

-- a few athletes (Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor, Olympic ice-skater Kristi Yamaguchi, tennis pro Monica Seles)

-- a fallen A-lister (Police Academy thespian Steve Guttenberg)

-- a MILF (Priscilla Presley)

-- a couple of suddenly-emasculated macho men (Howard Stern replacement DJ/former Man Show host Adam Carolla, grumpy magician Penn Jillette)

-- a hottie who'll look good wearing just a sparse smattering of sequins (American Pie's Shannon Elizabeth)

-- a couple contestants who may have to overcome physical obstacles to compete, a la Heather Mills (hearing-impaired actress Marlee Matlin, heavy-set Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur)

-- and someone no one's ever heard of (Cristian de la Fuente, who apparently used to be on CSI: Miami)

But one new DWTS name stands out, one that doesn't seem to go with the others: R&B superstar Mario. Here's a guy who's still at the top of his game, still young, still hot. Why on earth would someone like Mario want to participate in a show that people like Cliff The Mailman from Cheers, Steve Sanders from Beverly Hills 90210, and tanorexic goon George Hamilton use to tack a 16th minute of fame onto their downward-spiraling careers?

But then I watched Mario's video for "Let Me Love You," and I realized this guy really could benefit from a few dancing lessons. Watch his not-so-fancy footwork below and hope he gets paired with two-time DWTS champs Cheryl Burke or Julianne Hough this season. Ooh boy, he's definitely going to need their help:

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