With the news that Bristol Palin will join the cast of the eleventh season of Dancing With the Stars this fall, we decided to take a look back at some other famous (or "famous") people who parlayed tabloid infamy, public breakups and negligible familiarity with the pachanga into a stint on ABC's increasingly misnamed foxtrot free-for-all. Join us, won't you, on this trip down repressed memory lane. Dancing Can Improve Your Relationship
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Former Playboy model and Miss New York USA Shanna married Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in 2004; the couple have two children and many tattoos. But their bliss was short-lived—in August, 2006, Travis filed for divorce. Just a month later Shanna joined the cast of the third season of Dancing With the Stars, amid reports that her estranged husband was dating Paris Hilton, which would throw any woman off her tango. Shanna and partner Jesse DeSoto were voted off after the show's second episode, and Shanna and Travis went on to reconcile, break up again, reconcile, and break up again quite regularly for the next three years. 5 Infamous On-Again, Off-Again Couples
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The much-loathed ex–Mrs. Paul McCartney joined the cast of season four of Dancing With People You Might Vaguely Recognize in the spring of 2007 amidst much consternation about whether her prosthetic leg might fly off and maim Tom Bergeron. Heather and the Cute Beatle had separated in May of 2006, and their divorce would drag on for freaking ever, or until February 2008. On DWTS, it was the samba that proved Heather's undoing, or perhaps it was the fact that she was deeply, persistently unlikeable. Video Game Of Mills-McCartney Divorce