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Has 'Dancing with the Stars' lost its focus?

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Just wanted to be sure I got the matchups on the record, so season 8's line up is listed below.

Which got me to thinking about the good old days of "Dancing" ---- like seasons 1 and 2 when the contestants weren't so "dancing inclined" as the last several seasons seem to be (why don't producers just feature a former Rockette while they're are at it). Has the show become way "over-produced?" Is that one-hour results show just too ridiculously long? Has the show lost its charming kitsch factor?
What do you think?

Anyhow, here's what's on tap for season 8.
Derek Hough paired with rapper Lil' Kim
Julianne Hough paired with country singer (and boyfriend) Chuck Wicks.
Edyta Sliwinska paired with footbal legend Lawrence Taylor
Maksim Chmerkovskiy (engaged to fellow dancing pro Karina Smirnoff) paired with actress Denise Richards


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Real-life sweeties Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough will be competing against one another on "Dancing with the Stars."

Karina Smirnoff paired with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
Chelsie Hightower paired with chapion rodeo bull rider Ty Murray
Dmitry Chaplin paired with singer Jewel (who is married to Murray)
Cheryl Burke paired with hunky actor Gilles Marini
Mark Ballas paired with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson
Kym Johnson paired with comedian David Alan Grier
Jonathan Roberts paired with former Go-Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle
Tony Dovolani paired with Access Hollywood star Nancy O'Dell
Lacey Schwimmer paired with Jackass Steve-O.

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see the pictures of Julianne Hough and ur stars on

I think my worry is that there are a handful contestants in each season have significantly more experience or skills than the others. I'm thinking of Kristi Yamaguchi, Melanie Brown, Lance Bass and even Shawn Johnson for example. The likes of Steve Wozniak, Penn Jillette and Wayne Newton have no chance against these people.

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