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Snooki does DWTS

Snooki and Jack Osbourne will be waltzing their way onto Dancing with the Stars.

In one of the strongest line ups the show has seen, the celebrities are busy preparing for their September 16 debut.

Jersey Shore star Snooki, real name Nicole Polizzi, has been tweeting to fans about long days and early starts.

"Early birdies get the wormies, (sic)" she wrote on Twitter. The star is paired with pro dancer Sasha Farber.

Jack, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012, isn't the first Osborne to compete on the dance show.

Big sister Kelly was a contestant in 2009, and lost 20 pounds as the show whipped her into shape.

"A large part of it was talking with my family, [including] my sister, who had done it [and] had such a good time and my wife really loving the show," he told USA Today.

"And having been diagnosed with MS and going through that whole roller coaster, I saw it as an opportunity, almost a greater responsibility to keep MS awareness on people's minds."

Jack is teaming up with Cheryl Burke for the series.

Glee star Amber Riley, who plays feisty Mercedes in the hit musical show also joins the line up, tweeting a smiley face to her one million followers.

"Woohooooo! Get ready to vote guys!!!! (sic)," she added, alongside of a picture of herself posing in a sparkly dress with her professional dance partner Derek Hough.

After a drop in ratings, the programme will now only be aired once a week compared to its normal two shows.

Also competing for the glitter ball trophy are Christina Milian, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Leah Remini, Bill Nye, Brant Daugherty, Bill Engvall, Keyshawn Johnson, Corbin Bleu and actress Valerie Harper, who is currently battling brain cancer.

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