Former 98 DEGREES star Drew Lachey has an advantage as he battles it out on the dancefloor in US celebrity reality contest DANCING WITH THE STARS - his wife LEA is a choreographer and dancer.

Lachey, the brother of pop hunk NICK, joins the likes of George Hamilton, Tatum O'neal and rapper Master P on the new show, which debuted last night (05JAN06).

The first casualties on the show will be voted off tonight (06JAN06).