DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 9 Contestants

Dancing With The Stars

The time has come to check out the first pictures of all 16 contestants of Season 9 DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 9 which premieres MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

In alphabetical order, the 16 stars — with their professional partners — making their ballroom dancing debut are:

* AARON CARTER and KARINA SMIRNOFF
Triple platinum selling music artist/songwriter, producer, actor and younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, Aaron Carter has established himself worldwide as a pop and teen sensation. Beginning his career at the age of eight, he is currently the youngest solo artist to have four Top 40 singles. He has released four studio albums since 1997, two of which have been certified platinum, and has appeared on several television series, including “Lizzie McGuire” and “7th Heaven,” as well as making his Broadway debut playing JoJo the Who in “Seussical the Musical” in 2001. He sang vocals on soundtracks for Disneymania (“The Lion King”), “Ella Enchanted,” “Pokemon” and “Rugrats the Movie.” In 2006 Carter starred in the E! reality show, “House of Carters,” which featured all five of the Carter siblings living in the same house. He teams with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her seventh season.

AARON CARTER & KARINA SMIRNOFF

AARON CARTER & KARINA SMIRNOFF

AARON CARTER

AARON CARTER

KARINA SMIRNOFF

KARINA SMIRNOFF

* NATALIE COUGHLIN and ALEC MAZO
Olympic swimming gold medalist Natalie Coughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that she has ever entered, for a total of 11 Olympic medals. In 2008 she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in one Olympiad, in addition to becoming the first woman to win consecutive individual Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke. She is also the most decorated female swimmer in World Championship history, with 16 medals. Born and raised in northern California, Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005. She teams with Season 1 champion ALEC MAZO, who returns for his fifth season.

NATALIE COUGHLIN & ALEC MAZO

NATALIE COUGHLIN & ALEC MAZO

NATALIE COUGHLIN

NATALIE COUGHLIN

ALEC MAZO

ALEC MAZO

MARK DACASCOS & LACEY SCHWIMMER

MARK DACASCOS & LACEY SCHWIMMER

MARK DACASCOS

MARK DACASCOS

LACEY SCHWIMMER

LACEY SCHWIMMER