God wouldn’t have given you maracas if he didn’t want you to shake ’em…

You all know about my love for the Housewives of NJ, but my love of reality TV runs so much deeper than that.  I love them all…and if someone is getting voted off it’s even better.  Because then there are tears and drama and lying and scheming and backstabbing…which is all very compelling. 

J hates reality TV.  Well…he likes Deadliest Catch and Heliloggers and Ice Road Truckers and that survivor show with the two guys and one doesn’t wear shoes.  But Bethenny or Jersey Shore…no way.  Don’t even bring up the Housewives to him. 

So last night I was kind of surprised when I walked into the room and he had turned the TV to Bachelor Pad.  That show is a mess.  And I love it.  I’m still not sure I understand the premise…something about old contestants from the Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons competing to win $250K?  Are they also supposed to be finding love?  And why are there so many more chicks that guys?  I don’t know about any of that but seeing Elizabeth fall to pieces while sitting on the floor of her closet…that is just reality TV gold.  (I’m mean…I know…I shouldn’t take so much pleasure from other people’s misery.) 

I was baking cookies while the show was on and while I was in the kitchen J started shouting out names to me.  Random names that really meant nothing at all…especially together.  What does Brandy have to do with Jennifer Grey and Florence Henderson?  Then I heard it…the music from my most favoritest reality show ever…Dancing With The Stars…and I realized that J was shouting the names of the new cast.  I quickly ran into the room to watch the rest of the announcement. 

I have been a DWTS since season 1.  I love the insane costumes and the music and the dancing and the wigs.  I love Bruno’s insane comments and the faces that Len makes and the bad, but so funny jokes of Tom Bergeron.  The show was also the inspiration for one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen…Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of Kate Gosselin. 

This season’s cast might just be one of the best yet.  It’s like one long, pop-culture reference filled joke.  If you haven’t already heard the lineup here it is…

Brandy
Jennifer Grey
Margaret Cho
Audrina Patridge
Florence Henderson
Bristol Palin
Michael Bolton
The Situation
The Hoff
Kurt Warner
Kyle Massey
Rick Fox

That cast is a train wreck waiting to happen.  The Situation will be taking off his shirt every chance he gets and it will be like a contest between him and Maks to see who can be topless most often.  The Hoff brings all kinds of cheese with him…just check out the white on white suit he wore for the announcement.  Plus, there is always the possibility he will show up drunk.  Margaret Cho is hilarious and will hopefully bring many off-color jokes.  Rick Fox is…well, a fox…and will be fun to look at.  And Jennifer Grey will provide me with lots of opportunities to recite lines from my favorite movie of all time…Dirty Dancing.  The only thing I don’t understand is how Bristol Palin got herself on this list.  I mean, since when is she a star? 

I’m so excited for this season to start that I can’t stand it.  I have no predictions for a winner at this point because with Situation and The Hoff in there…there’s no telling how the voting will go.  But personally, I’m pulling for Jennifer Grey…because nobody puts Baby in a corner. 

Anyone else care to weigh in.