Nicole Polizzi will be a shaking a leg instead of a rattle this fall.
Snooki, the short, sassy star of "The Jersey Shore," will join the Season 17 cast of "Dancing with the Stars" premiering September 16.
The guidette will compete against Valerie Harper, Bill Nye the Science Guy, "Glee's" Amber Riley and other B-List glitterati.
"This entire cast could be thought of as a bit of an experiment," joked Stephanie Gustafson of Reality TV magazine, riffing on the Bill Nye connection. "It actually includes quite a few celebs who are current big names and not just washed-up stars looking for a brief media blitz."
Snooki, whose baby Lorenzo recently turned 1 years old, may be one of the biggest reality TV stars to ever dance on the show. But she will by no means be the first.
So how did her predecessors do?
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Vanderpump Rules" star Lisa Vanderpump had a rough go on the show. She damaged her rotator cuff during a cha-cha rehearsal on Season 16 of DWTS last spring. Eliminated in the fourth week, the 52-year-old British brunette seemed almost relieved to be dismissed so early in the show. "We knew we weren't going to win," she told People magazine. "We were competing against an Olympian and a 16-year-old dancer. I'm a 52-year-old restaurateur. Give me a break." Battling a viral infection while running three restaurants and promoting two Bravo TV shows probably didn't help either.
Melissa Rycroft of "The Bachelor" fame won the mirror ball trophy on Season 15 of "DWTS," which featured an "All Stars" cast from previous seasons. She and returning partner Tony Dovolani took third place in Season 8. During the all-female finale, the "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" star scored a perfect 30 for a sizzling samba. "You've grown so much as a performer, said judge Bruno Tonioli, who referred to the native Texan as a "deliciously irresistible Brazilian bombshell." The win had to be far more satisfying for Rycroft than winning the heart of bachelor Jason Mesnick, who changed his mind and broke up with her publicly on an "After the Final Rose" episode six weeks later.
Reality stars Kim Kardashian and her brother Rob Kardashian appeared on Seasons 7 and 13 of "DWTS," respectively. Paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas who had won first place the previous season with ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Kim was kicked off the show after only three weeks. Despite being panned for her rumba performance, the curvy brunette put a positive spin on the experience. "Today, five years ago, my father passed away, and I just know he's really happy and watching over me, and I made him proud," she said after being bounced from the ballroom.
Though far less rich and famous than his big sister, Rob Kardashian far surpassed her performance on "DWTS" by taking second place with professional partner Cheryl Burke. Reputed to be pressured into doing the show by momager Kris Jenner, Rob was determined to out dance Kim. "I don't want my sister beating me," he told "Access Hollywood." "Three weeks is kind of pathetic."
The mixed bag results of reality TV stars on "DWTS" makes it hard to predict how well Snooki will do on the show. No matter how terrifically she tangos, we have a feeling fans will be tuning in more for her fashion fails than her fancy foot work.
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