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By Linda Przygodski
(03/20/2008) - Sasha Cohen isn't going to let Kristi Yamaguchi steal the reality show spotlight.

Cohen will be one of sixteen celebrities competing in Secret Talents of the Stars, a weekly talent show featuring unknown talents of well-known personalities. The series will premiere live on Tues., April 8, on CBS.

For those of you alive in the 1970's, think Battle of the Network Stars but with Ringling Bros., Cirque du Soleil, The Flying Karamazov Brothers and other experts as the trainers.

Every week, the stars will compete against each other to surmise which one has the best hidden talent. Each participant will develop a unique unknown skill, and then perform it with one of the headline troupes. Their performances will be graded by a panel of three judges, but a viewer vote will determine who gets voted off the show each week.

Cohen will try her hat at being a contortionist by performing with the "New Shanghai Circus."

Celebrities competing in Secret Talent of the Stars is a veritable "who's not" of Hollywood D-listers. Cohen should shine against fellow competitors Clint Black, George Takei, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Marla Maples, Ric Flair, Joe Frazier, Bridget Marquardt, Mya, Danny Bonaduce, Sheila E., Roy Jones, Jr., Cindy Margolis and Ben Stein.

From press release:

Secret Talents of the Stars will feature a seven week competition format:

Tuesday, April 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 1
FOUR new acts will perform. Viewer votes will determine TWO Semi-Finalists.
Tuesday, April 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 2
FOUR new acts will perform. Viewer votes will determine TWO Semi-Finalists.
Tuesday, April 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 3
FOUR acts will perform (Semi-Finalists from Week 1 and Week 2). Viewers will vote to determine TWO FINALISTS.
Tuesday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 4
FOUR new acts will perform. Viewer votes will determine TWO Semi-Finalists.
Tuesday, May 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 5
FOUR new acts will perform. Viewer votes will determine TWO Semi-Finalists.
Tuesday, May 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET LIVE, Tape Delayed PT) - Week 6
FOUR acts (Semi-Finalists from Week 4 and Week 5). Viewer votes will determine TWO FINALISTS.
Thursday, May 22 - Live - (8:00-9:00 PM/Tape Delayed PT) "SECRET TALENTS OF THE STARS" FINALE - Week 7

The Final Four (determined by the results from Week 3 and Week 6) will compete one last time for viewer votes to determine the winning Secret Talents of the Stars