According to a recent report published by Mirror, the Welsh mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins has signed up for the new American season of “Dancing With The Stars”. The 31-year-old warbler is now heading to America to get ready for the U.S. show which will start next month.
Jenkins was inspired by her former boyfriend, Gethin Jones, to accept the invitation of the show “Dancing With The Stars”. Like him, she was given a £50k fee for her participation. Jenkins and Jones, met during the 2007 season of the Brit show where he was competing for the big prize and she came to perform. They were engaged for years, but announced their separation in December 2011.
Her partner in the American show will be Mark Ballas. The two will compete against other singers and actors including Gladys Knight, a famous American singer-songwriter. Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, “Melrose Place” actor Jack Wagner, “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, former “Little House On The Prairie” child actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw are some of the celebrities that have been included in the lineup this season.
There have been other British celebrities who have chosen to be a part of the U.S. version of “Dancing With The Stars”. The favorite appearances of the viewers were the ones of Heather Mills and Kelly Osbourne. Let’s not forget Len Goodman who is a regular judge on the show.
Katherine Jenkins told reporters that she was very excited to start the preparations for the show. She couldn’t hide her emotions as the previous contestants who won the series were very talented. Last season’s winner of the mirrorball trophy was JR Martinez, an American soldier who turned actor when he returned home and his partner Karina Smirnoff.
The appearances of actress Jennifer Grey and ex-Pussycat dolls singer, Nicole Scherzinger, have remained in the history of the show. Grey was even asked to become one of the judges of the show.
This year, contestants will dance for the first time on March 17 and March 26. The first round of eliminations will be performed on March 27.