'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants Get Paired Up

Debi Mazar, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Debi Mazar, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

The celebrities on the ninth season of “Dancing With the Stars” have begun meeting their partners on the reality show, which returns to ABC on Monday, September 21.

Access Hollywood can exclusively reveal that Debi Mazar has landed Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her ballroom partner. Maks previously danced with stars including Denise Richards, Misty May-Treanor and former Spice Girl, Mel B.

A source told Access that Donny Osmond has been paired with bubbly Australian Kym Johnson and the two have already begun rehearsals. Kym previously cut across the “DWTS” ballroom with David Allan Grier, Warren Sapp, Mark Cuban and Joey Fatone.

George Hamilton told Access on Tuesday evening that his son — Ashley Hamilton — has been paired with Edyta Sliwinska, his former “DWTS” partner. Edyta has been paired in the past with George, Lawrence Taylor, Jeffrey Ross and Jason Taylor.

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin broke her own partner news on Twitter, announcing she has been paired with Alec Mazo. Alec, Edyta’s husband, previously danced with Toni Braxton, Paulina Porizkova and Josie Maran.

“We both went to Cal Berkeley and studied Psychology at the same time,” Natalie Tweeted of the news. “Go Bears!”

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