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Dancing With The Stars

Did You Know…? Weird Facts About the DWTS Season 12 Cast

Famous people have all kinds of fascinating factoids in their biographies. We found a few quality nuggets on the Dancing With the Stars Season 12 cast. Which contestant got doused by Eminem? Who was named one of the most fit men in the world? Which current cast member lives in the old house of DWTS alum's daughter? Think you know everything about the celebs? Test your knowledge here.

Who met his future wife at a party in his grandmother's basement?

Are you ready for how cute this is? Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio met Phyllis Fierro at a party in his grandmother's basement when he was 15 years old. As Phyllis told People magazine, sparks flew over cheese doodles and root bear. "The first time I saw these big, dark brown eyes, I felt a natural bond." They were married in 1987 and have two children. Love that.

Who bought Lisa Marie Presley's old home?

A very special 5,200-square-foot residence in Clearwater, Florida has the honor of having housed a current DWTS contestant and the daughter of a past contestant. Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Season 6 dancer Priscilla, bought the home for $1.2 million in 1996, and in 2000 Season 12 contestant Kirstie Alley bought it for $1.5 million. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the home is just a few blocks away from the Church of Scientology's campus in downtown Clearwater. Both ladies are longtime Scientologists.

Who dated the daughter of "Big Poppa"?

Romeo Miller recently dated Katelyn Najjar, daughter of Lee Najjar, known to Real Housewives of Atlanta fans as "Big Poppa."

Who punched out the wife of his rival?

Chris Jericho cut rival Shawn Michaels' eye in the WWE Great American Bash in 2008. Later, Shawn announced that his eye damage would force him to retire. He took to the ring to announce his retirement, with his wife Rebecca by his side. Chris entered the ring to interrupt and try to make Shawn admit he was leaving because of him. Chris went to take a shot at The Heartbreak Kid and hit his wife instead. She got a fat lip. Good times.

Eminem once threw water in which contestant's face?

During the shoot for Akon's "Smack That" music video, Eminem randomly threw water at Kendra Wilkinson, who danced in the video. Kendra wrote an angry blog post about it on her MySpace page, but she and Eminem later made up. A Playboy rep confirmed to TMZ, "Kendra wrote this blog following some on-set high jinks at a recent music video shoot. While she was upset at first, she later received flowers and an apology from Eminem and removed the blog. Everything is fine and there are no hard feelings."

Which star replaced Adam Carolla in his day job?

"Psycho Mike" Catherwood co-hosts Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky. DWTS Season 6 comedian Adam Carolla hosted the show with Dr. Drew and Riki Rachtman, starting in 1995. Riki left the next year, but Adam and Dr. Drew hosted together until Adam left in 2005.

Who became a vegan to help save fish?

Petra Nemcova announced in 2007 that she had gone vegan after learning about the planet's rapidly depleting fish stocks. She gave up meat and dairy in February of that year because she wants "to set an example and help save ocean life."

Who made their film debut in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?

Kirstie Alley has a head start on the “live long and prosper” front, thanks to her Star Trek debut in 1982, playing Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik.

Who is the lead singer for the heavy metal band Fozzy?

That'd be wrestler Chris Jericho. The band debuted in 1999 and they've released four albums. Chris also sang vocals on a cover of "The Evil That Men Do" for the Iron Maiden tribute album Numbers from the Beast.

Whose favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Karmel Sutra?

Chelsea Kane picked this flavor as her fave. She also likes Razzles because it's a candy and a gum at the same time.

Who is the godfather of Khloe Kardashian?

That's Sugar Ray Leonard, who has appeared on episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Who owns a bar called South Side 86?

Hines Ward owns the Pittsburgh bar formerly known as The Locker Room. He's been spotted as guest bartender there as well.

Who is Olive Garden's "Biggest Celebrity Fan"?

Kendra Wilkinson has raved about the restaurant as an unpaid unofficial spokesperson. Olive Garden execs have expressed mixed feelings about the idea of a Playboy model raving about the family friendly restaurant. As Kendra said in 2008, "I don't speak about it to get paid for it. I speak about it because I love it. I understand they're a family restaurant, but I think it can't hurt them to have a little spice."

Who was named one of most fit men in the world?

At age 18, Romeo Miller was featured in the June/July 2008 issue of Men's Fitness as one of the 25 most fit men in America. "People see my abs and ask what I do to work out," he told the magazine. "Play some basketball, you'll start seeing it."

Who appeared in national anti-drug PSAs in the early 1990s?

Sugar Ray Leonard said he started using cocaine and alcohol in the early 1980s after an eye injury appeared to end his boxing career. He stopped using drugs in 1986 and spoke publicly about his drug abuse in 1991. "It was wrong, it was childish, it was stupid," he said. Fellow Season 12 contestants Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, and Mike Catherwood have also been vocal about past cocaine use.

Who speaks English, French, Italian, Czech, Slovak and Polish?

That's Czech model Petra Nemcova, who was reportedly teased as a child for having the same last name as famous Czech author Bozena Nemcova. Yeah, we don't know who that is either.

Who was raised partially by his paternal grandmother because his mother couldn't speak English?

This is a nice triumph-of-the-human-spirit story. Hines Ward's father, an African American U.S. serviceman, met his mother, a South Korean cashier, outside a Seoul nightclub. A few months later, she got pregnant. The couple quickly married and Hines was born in 1976. They moved to the U.S. but the couple soon split. Hines went to live with his paternal grandmother in Louisiana because the courts had deemed his mother an unfit parent — due to the fact that she couldn't speak English and had no way to provide for him. Hines was 7 when finally reunited with his mother, but he wasn't happy about it at first. "I was ashamed of that side of my family," he said, "because I couldn't really understand. I had grown up around all black people before moving in with my mom, so coming into a predominantly mixed neighborhood, that was something that was new to me and something that I was ashamed of as a little kid." Now he is proud of his mother and the sacrifices she made for him, crediting her with his success today.

Who believes Sean "P. Diddy" Combs "single-handedly tried to ruin me"?

DJ Wendy Williams was reportedly fired from New York's Hot 97 in 1998 after getting into a fight with fellow DJ Angie Martinez. Angie believed Wendy was the source of a New York Daily News rumor that Angie had a relationship with the rapper Q-Tip. Wendy believed the station used the fight as excuse to terminate her contract and suggested it was due to pressure from rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. As she wrote in her second book, The Wendy Williams Experience, "He single-handedly tried to ruin me...". Wendy has a lot of haters out there, thanks to her occasionally abrasive personality. She's been referenced in the songs of several artists, including Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne, Lil' Kim, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Will Smith.

Who escaped drowning by holding onto the top of a palm tree for eight hours?

When the 2004 tsunami struck, Petra Nemcova was in Thailand with her fiance, photographer Simon Atlee. Simon drowned but Petra managed to survive by reportedly holding onto the top of a palm tree for eight hours until she was rescued. Talk about determination!

Who lost her mother in a car accident?

Kirstie Alley's mom was killed and her dad was seriously injured when a drunk driver hit their car in 1981.


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