updated 08/31/2011 AT 10:15 AM ET
•originally published 08/31/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
The matches were announced Wednesday morning on Good Morning America:
The show’s first transgender contestant, Chaz Bono, will dance with Lacey Schwimmer.
Soap star and Iraqi war veteran J.R. Martinez has been paired with seasoned Dancing vet Karina Smirnoff.
HLN’s Nancy Grace will face the judges with Irish dance pro Tristan MacManus.
Reality star Rob Kardashian has the honor of performing with two-time Dancing champion Cheryl Burke.
Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest, who is dancing for his cancer-survivor daughter, has Peta Murgatroyd as his partner.