Mandi Bierly
August 30, 2011 AT 03:39 PM EDT

With the new cast of Dancing With the Stars announced, the playful trash-talking can officially commence. At least half of this year’s contestants consider David Arquette the favorite to win, including Ricki Lake, who did an interview with Arquette this morning on Good Morning America and said, “I did not come to do second. I’m gonna try to beat this guy.” For his first dance, Arquette is learning the Viennese Waltz. “I’ve always wanted to know how to waltz…. I’ve always wanted to dance at a ball,” he said. Sure. Why not? 

In an interview with former DWTS contestant and GMA contributor Cameron Mathison, contender Rob Kardashian said he expects Elisabetta Canalis to be fierce competition. “She was telling me she swims, she runs, she loves to hike. She told me she’s 25, when I know she isn’t,” he laughed. During her chat with Mathison, Canalis joked her way out of answering a question about how her famous ex George Clooney might view her turn on the show. That’s understandable, obviously, but also frustrating. What else do we have/want to talk with her about?

Other contestants, meanwhile, expressed their fears: Nancy Grace doesn’t want to fall (“Because they didn’t teach dancin’ in law school, honey”), and Ron Artest is hoping he won’t have to wear feathers.

The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres Sept. 19.

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