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    Posted: 31 Aug 2011 at 14:15

I'm ready to cha cha! Chaz Bono rolls up for his first Dancing With The Stars rehearsal 

  • Nancy Grace feels like 'Cinderella' after being invited to be a contestant 
  • David Arquette asked his daughter Coco, 7, for permission to join show
  • Kristin Cavallari hopes competition will take her mind off ex-fiancĂ© Jay Cutler

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 6:48 AM on 31st August 2011

Chaz Bono arrived for his first rehearsal session in Los Angeles today after being unveiled as a new contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

He was dressed for comfort in a vest top - which revealed his tattooed arms - shorts and sneakers.

The 42-year-old, who last night attended a cast party at the Next Door Lounge in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Jenny Elia, was clearly prepared to work up a sweat with a white towel in tow.

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First day: Chaz Bono rolls up for rehearsal in LA after signing on for Dancing With The Stars

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Famous mother: Bono, who was called Chastity before undergoing a sex change, with Cher

Bono is the only child of singers Cher and Sonny Bono who recently underwent a female-to-male sex change which was chronicled in the TV documentary Finding Chaz.

He said he is excited to dance 'the way I always should have, which is as a male partnered with a woman.'

While the contestants' partners have not been revealed, professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer was also spotted at the studio, suggesting they may be paired up.

Bono's inclusion in the celebrity line-up was today praised by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), with a spokesperson saying ABC has 'created primetime firsts that reflect the growing acceptance of gay and transgender people in America today.'

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Got my dancing shoes on! Chaz dressed casually in sneakers, shorts and a vest

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Support: Chaz and his girlfriend Jenny Elia joined the cast for a party at the Next Door Lounge in Los Angeles last night

He will compete against George Clooney's ex Elisabetta Canalis, 32, Scream actor David Arquette, 39, Hairspray star Ricki Lake, 42, and Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips, 43.

 

Canalis arrived at rehearsals today looking ready for a workout in black leggings and grey tank top.

Arquette looked a little less ready, going for a more dapper look in white suit and matching shoes.

Derek Hough and Maksim

The Hills star Kristin Cavallari, 24, TV crime pundit Nancy Grace, 51, Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, 41, and US soccer player Hope Solo, 30, also compete.

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Ready to rumba: Elizabetta Canalis looked happy and relaxed in workout gear as she arrived for rehearsal today while, right, professional Lacey Schwimmer

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Dapper: David Arquette arrived looking smart in a white suit, tie and white shoes

The Hills star Kristin Cavallari, 24, TV crime pundit Nancy Grace, 51, Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, 41, and US soccer player Hope Solo, 30, also compete.

Grace said today: 'I feel like Cinderella that got invited to the ball. I don't know how to dance.

'I don't know what I'm going to wear, but I know I have been invited.'

Cavallari is hoping the competition will help take her mind off her split from fiancé, quarterback Jay Cutler.

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Reality show contestant: Rob Kardashian looks perky in an orange T-shirt and blue shorts

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Dancing stars: Maksim Chmerkovskiy arrives in a bright red sports car, while Derek Hough makes his return to the show

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Bright and breezy: Professional dancer Cheryl Burke arrived with a spring in her step and a smile on her face

'It's good to stay busy,' says the blonde, who was dumped last month.

'I have no idea if I'll be good or not. I have a lot of anxiety about just getting in there and seeing how well I'll be able to pick up the dances.'

Rounding out the line-up for season 13 are Los Angeles Lakers ace Ron Artest, 31, and Kim Kardashian's little brother, 24-year-old Rob Kardashian who arrived today looking perky in a bright orange T-shirt and blue shorts.

Iraq war veteran turned soap star J.R. Martinez, 28, also appears.

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Pretty in pink: Kristin Cavallari is hoping to take her mind off her recent heartbreak

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Here come the girls: Elisabetta Canalis, Hope Solo and Chynna Phillips 

Arquette said he is looking forward to spending time with fellow contestant Bono. 

He said: 'I look forward to talking to him because my sister Alexis is transgender and I saw some of the struggles she had so I just feel like we could have a great connection on that.'

Arquette also said he had to get his seven-year-old daughter's permission before joining the dancing show.

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Big smiles: Nancy Grace and Riki Lake have already bonded

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Smooth movers: David Arquette and basketball star Ron Artest

He told a U.S. radio show: 'I talked about being on Dancing With The Stars over with my daughter Coco.

'She said "Initially my feeling is no but let me go to school and talk it over with my friend".'

Arquette, who has recently split from Friends star Courteney Cox, added: 'But she came round and now she's supportive.'

The new series of the ABC network programme begins on September 19.

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New cast: The full Dancing With The Stars line-up was revealed yesterday


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2031918/Dancing-Stars-Chaz-Bono-rolls-rehearsal.html#ixzz1Wc0f719h
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