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Dancing With The Stars Season 11 Cast Profile: Brandy

Posted by on September 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM EST

dancing with the stars brandyGet to know Brandy of Dancing With The Stars Season 11 on ABC.

Brandy joins the cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 11 tonight on ABC. Get to know a little about Brandy before he hits the dance floor in the 2010 premiere of Dancing With The Stars.

Brandy (full name Brandy Norwood) runs a very close second to Jennifer Grey as the odds on favorite to win this season of Dancing With the Stars. She has been performing since she was a little kid so dancing and performing, really has been her whole life. In 1993, at age 14, she appeared in a supporting role in the ABC sitcom Thea that led to her getting her own show Moesha in 1996. At the same time she was acting, Brandy had also signed with Atlantic Records. Still just 14 and already on a sitcom, she released her debut self-titled album, Brandy. Her debut album would break into the Billboard top 20, but her next three albums would all break into the top 5. Brandy had a hit show, hit albums, smash hit singles, Grammy nominations and a burgeoning film career with roles in hit movies like Set It Off and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

Brandy had it all and was living a charmed life until 2006 when she was involved in a car accident on a Los Angeles freeway. Brandy’s Ranger Rover struck a car driven by 38- year-old Awatef Aboudihaj. She (Aboudihaj) was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died the next day. While a person on the scene of the accident told TMZ that Brandy had repeatedly claimed the accident was her fault, she was never charged with a crime. After an extensive investigation police found that Brandy was driving at about 65 MPH and Aboudihaj had hit a car in front of her, slammed on the breaks and slid sideways causing Brandy to hit her. A toxicology report found trace amounts of Marijuana in Aboudihaj’s system. Every driver involved in the accident filed multiple lawsuits against Brandy. Brandy has settled with one driver for undisclosed amount and agreed to pay the Aboudihaj’s two children $300,000 each. She settled out of court for an undisclosed amount with Aboudihaj’s parents. Aboudihaj’s husband Marouane Hdidou turned down a 1.2 million dollar settlement offer. His case is still pending. Is this fatal car crash still on Brandy’s mind and will it affect her performance on DWTS?

Brandy took some time away from the spotlight after the accident to find herself and get her life back together. She admits that there was a time in the middle of all the media scrutiny over the accident that she didn’t leave her house for 3 months. She has most recently appeared as a judge on America’s Got Talent and has starred in a recent reality show with other members of her family.

The odds makers love Brandy’s chances at winning Dancing With The Stars Season 11. She has everything you want in a good contestant. She can dance and has done so live on stage so the crowd won’t intimidate her. She has a large fan base that could turn up for her and she has a story filled with happiness and tragedy as she tries to get her life and career back on track. Look for Brandy to go deep and make some noise on this season of Dancing With The Stars.

Catch Brandy on the Dancing With The Stars Season 11 premiere tonight at 8|7c on ABC.



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