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Palin's daughter steps up for TV dance with the stars

Bristol Palin, daughter of conservative powerbroker Sarah Palin, will test her dance moves against former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and R&B singer Brandy in the new season of Dancing With The Stars.

The line-up for the 11th season of the TV dancing contest, set to premiere on September 20, will also include crooner Michael Bolton, reality TV star Mike Sorrentino, and actress Jennifer Grey, who twirled to fame in the film Dirty Dancing.

Palin (19) a single mum, is following in the reality TV footsteps of her former fiance, Levi Johnston, whose small-screen adventures involve running for political office in Alaska -- and whose off-screen adventures have put him at odds with her mother.

She said she hoped her mother, the former Alaska governor and US vice presidential candidate, would be on hand to watch her pair up with a professional dancer on the ballroom floor and compete against other celebrity/dancer couples.

"She's excited for me. She knows this is going to be hard work," Palin said.

Since giving birth to a son Tripp in December 2008, Palin has featured in entertainment shows, magazines, and made her acting debut on a US TV show centred around teenage pregnancy.

Dancing With The Stars was the second-biggest show on TV last season, behind American Idol, averaging 20 million viewers. Reigning champ is Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger who teamed with dancer Derek Hough.

Palin will be joined by a host of well-known names, including Hasselhoff, who quit his job as a judge on America's Got Talent earlier this year after a public struggle with alcohol abuse.

From the reality TV world, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino from Jersey Shore will enhance his growing profile along with actress Audrina Patridge from The Hills.

Fans of the TV family sitcom The Brady Brunch will be able to watch Florence Anderson (76) who played Carol Brady in the 1970s show.

Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, retired basketball player Rick Fox, comedian Margaret Cho and teen US actor Kyle Massey from Disney show Cory in the House complete the line-up.

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