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It’s official Ron Artest will be on the cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

After numerous denials, including a direct question from us recently, Artest has had a change of heart.

According to Mark Medina of the LA Times Ron has chosen to be a contestant because of his daughter:

She’s the only one who the Lakers forward said could convince him to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“She said, ‘Daddy, you can do it,’ ” Artest recalled Monday in a phone interview. “It’s going to be fun.”

It wasn’t just a case of Artest being unable to say no to his daughter. At age 4 in 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, Artest said, a kidney cancer that affects children. So in honor of his daughter successfully fighting the illness, Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns on “Dancing with the Stars” to the Cancer Research Foundation.

Artest joins Hope Solo as the two athletes that will be on this season’s show. He will also be competing against Rob Kardashian (Which puts Lamar Odom in a tough predicament). To see the full cast click here

  • Conscience

    Artest and Arquette are the only interesting celebrities in this Season’s constestants…but who knows, as the show goes on, hidden talents will unfold and the longevity depends on competitiveness. 

  • Jeffrey Thompson

    Artest is going to have a hard time.  Sure he is gracefull on the court, but on the dance floor it will be a whole otheer story.  First off, he be dancing with someone half his size and will have to compensate for the extremme gap in height.  Remember how Clyde Drexler bombed on DWTS?  He was known as the ” Glide” for Christ’s sake.  I felt embarassed for him when he showcased his skills.

  • laffsatu