The official cast for Dancing With the Stars will be announced during Bachelor Pad Monday night, and Scottsdale fans are counting down. While the cast rumors have been swirling for days, over the weekend several celebrities and dance pros were spotted at the DWTS rehearsal studio, solidifying some of the rumors. One of the female celebrities dancing this season may not be a familiar name to American audiences, but Elisabetta Canalis is soon to become a household name. Who is Elisabetta?
Elisabetta Canalis is most commonly known to US audiences as George Clooney’s ex-girlfriend. George and Elisabetta broke up in June after dating for two years. The split came as a surprise to many, as they had seemed happy together just prior to announcing the split. Clooney has said for years that he will never marry again, and some suspect that some comments Canalis recently made in an interview about getting married may have been a factor in the split. Since the split, Clooney has been seen spending time with another Dancing With the Stars celebrity, Stacy Keibler.
Canalis isn’t just Clooney’s former arm candy, however. Canalis is an Italian actress who has also had minor roles in the American films “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” and the direct-to-DVD film “Virgin Territory.” Elisabetta is 32-years-old, and she was born in Sassari, Italy. She is the daughter of a radiologist and an Italian literature teacher. After studying at a school in Sassari, she moved to Milan to study foreign languages.
She shares on her website that in 1999 she landed a spot on “Striscia la notizia,” which launched her show business career. Since then she has had spots in commercials, movies and television shows, and she is currently pursuing international movie roles. In her personal life she shares that she loves horses and rode frequently as a child. She also dances, swims and is into kick-boxing, so she should fare well on Dancing With the Stars.
It appears that Elisabetta is paired with new dancing pro Val Chmerkovskiy, Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother. While Val isn’t a new face to DWTS fans, this will be his first season as a pro. This should make for a hot, exciting couple to watch, and fans cannot wait for the show to begin. Dancing With the Stars will air on Monday and Tuesday nights, beginning September 19. DWTS airs on ABC, Channel 15 in the Scottsdale area.
Elisabetta Canalis website
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