Placeholder. Noun. A person authorized to act for another; a symbol in a logical or mathematical expression that can be replaced by the name of any member of specified set.
"Dancing with the Stars" has finally unleashed the roster of pseudo-celebrities, washed-up athletes, and ... magicians that will make up the "Stars" segment of next season's show. They are, as follows: Marissa Jaret Winokur,Marlee Matlin, Adam Carolla, Shannon Elizabeth, Christian de la Fuente, Steve Guttenberg, Penn Jillete, Mario, Priscilla Presley, Monica Seles, Jason Taylor, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
The surprise here is that they are not all celebrity barrel scrapings. I actually have some nostalgic affection for Marlee Matlin, Penn Jillette, and Steve Guttenberg, and while I don't know what the fuck the King of Rock n' Roll's wife is doing on this show, it's not too big a surprise to see her there. It did surprise me, however, to see Shannon Elizabeth among the contestants, as I'd sort of forgotten all about her -- as the requisite placeholder in the celebrity world between Elizabeth Berkley and Jessica Biel, I had replaced her in my mind with the two others. I could've sworn it was Biel in American Pie and Berkley in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back.