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Pet Star was a show on Animal Planet hosted by Mario Lopez. The show is a contest between owners and their trained pets who perform tricks. The tricks are graded by three celebrity judges on a scale of one to 10. In the end, the three pets with the highest score come out as finalists, and the audience votes on who is the episode's Pet Star. Then, at the end of the season, the winners compete to be the year's ULTIMATE PET STAR. The winner of a regular show gets $2,500, while the winner of the finals gets $25,000.

There were many celebrity judges, including Gena Lee Nolin, Virginia Madsen, Will Estes, Lindsay Wagner, Matt Gallant, Mackenzie Phillips, Billy West, James Avery, George Wallace, Melissa Peterman, Christopher Rich, John O'Hurley, Vanessa Lengies, Dom Irrera, Carol Leifer, Andy Kindler, Melissa Rivers, Meshach Taylor, Kaley Cuoco, Rosa Blasi, Jeff Cesario, Karri Turner, Peter Scolari, Bruce Jenner, Fred Willard, Shari Belafonte, Josh Meyers, Lori Petty, Ben Stein, Richard Jeni, Ken Howard, Paul Gilmartin, Maria Menounos, Tempestt Bledsoe, David Brenner and Amy Davidson.

Pet Star is based on the show Star Search. It is shown in the United Kingdom on Challenge.

Series Cast

  1. Mario López as Self - Host

    Mario López

    Self - Host

    52 Episodes

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic as Self - Judge

    'Weird Al' Yankovic

    Self - Judge

    6 Episodes

  3. Ben Stein as Self - Judge

    Ben Stein

    Self - Judge

    5 Episodes

  4. Vanessa Lengies as Self - Judge

    Vanessa Lengies

    Self - Judge

    5 Episodes

  5. Will Estes as Self - Judge

    Will Estes

    Self - Judge

    4 Episodes

  6. Lori Petty as Self - Judge

    Lori Petty

    Self - Judge

    4 Episodes

  7. Peter Scolari as Self - Judge

    Peter Scolari

    Self - Judge

    4 Episodes

  8. Richard Jeni as Self - Judge

    Richard Jeni

    Self - Judge

    3 Episodes

  9. Amy Davidson as Self - Judge

    Amy Davidson

    Self - Judge

    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 3

2004 | 16 Episodes

Season 3 of Pet Star premiered on November 29, 2004.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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