Bristol Palin & 8 Other Dancing Refugees

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What do these nine people have in common? Fleeing embarrassment to Dancing With the Stars.

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 humiliation, 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

Tucker Carlson

CNN pundit Tucker Carlson was known to most Americans as a bowtied buffoon who brought a knife to a verbal gunfight with Jon Stewart one fateful afternoon in the fall of 2004. Just months later the news network canceled Crossfire, and eighteen months later Carlson crawled out of obsolescence to appear on the third season of DWTS. He and partner Elena Grinenko were eliminated after the first episode, proving that Carlson was as skilled at ballroom dancing as he is at intelligent debate.

Shanna Moakler

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