BURBANK, Los Angeles, CA–ABC will be announcing the next celebrity cast for season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars” Monday, 29 August 2011, during that evening’s episode of their sleazy “Bachelor Pad.” Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke once again host the live unveiling of the all-star cast, but just who will fill all those categories?
Fans have been asked to suggest their ideal DWTS cast members on the discussion boards. The official categories are: Actor/Actress, Singer, Athlete, Reality Star, Comedian, Model and Other, but in reality, there are those other categories that perhaps is covered by “Other” such as the Disney star, Playboy porn star, older celebrity and ringer?
ABC and Disney are essentially the same company. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company as part of the Disney-ABC Television Group (ABC Television Network including ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment Group and ABC News divisions; the Disney Channels Worldwide global kids’ TV business including Playhouse Disney and Disney XD; ABC Family and SOAPnet; television distribution divisions Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Disney ABC ESPN Television).
DWTS recently had Kyle Massey from the Disney Channel “That’s So Raven” and the spin-off “Cory in the House.” Massey was paired with Lacey Schwimmer during season 11 and finished second. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough finished first. Massey is one of the featured voices on the Disney Channel animated TV series “Fish Hooks” along with Chelsea Kane. Kane finished third on season 12 of DWTS. Kane’s partner was Mark Ballas.
Usually a former or current Playboy “model” is included although that can backfire. Holly Madison from Playboy’s “The Girl Next Door” as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends was on season 8 and was the third celebrity eliminated (after Belinda Carlisle and Denise Richards). Her partner was Dmitry Chaplin. Kendra Wilkinson also a former Hugh Hefner girlfriend and a star of “The Girls Next Door” competed last season. Wilkinson with her partner Louis van Amstel was the 6th celebrity eliminated. Both Madison and Wilkinson could be regarded as reality stars. Pamela Anderson was also a former Playboy-related star although she had also been on regular network TV programs (“Home Improvement” and “Baywatch”). Anderson who was partnered with Damian Whitewood wasn’t popular with the DWTS fans and finished sixth. Then there was Joanna Krupa for season 9 who partnered with Derek Hough to finish fourth.
- Kendra Wilkinson: all her dance routines
- Joanna Krupa on DWTS week 2
- Joanna Krupa versus Gwen Verdon
Then there’s always the older celebrity. Keep in mind that the oldest winner to date was Donny Osmond at 51 with his partner Kym Johnson. He wasn’t the oldest celebrity during season nine. That was Tom DeLay who had to withdraw due to injuries. DeLay is a decade older than Osmond. The oldest woman to win was Jennifer Grey at 50 with her partner Mark Ballas during season 11. The oldest competitor during season 11 was Florence Henderson who was partnered with Corky Ballas.
During season 12, Kirstie Alley was the oldest competitor at 60 and the most overweight. But Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy showed they could make magic on stage and Alley finished several pounds lighter in third place. She’s the oldest celebrity to make it to the finals.
We expect there to be a football star, particularly after Hines Ward won last season and proved to be quite nimble on his feet. His partner was Kym Johnson. Even when former football players aren’t very good (remember Michael Irvin during season 9?) the fans support them further than the judges scores alone would. So we suspect that the cast will include a football star (current or retired) and another athlete, mostly likely one with Olympic competition status.
We also feel that political figures have proven to be popular. Think of Tom DeLay. Imagine how far he could have gone with all his political friends voting for him? Bristol Palin with her partner Mark Ballas proved to be so popular that despite low judges scores, she made it to the finals while Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished fourth. That’s not so surprising when you consider that no black woman has ever won DWTS.
There are already over a thousand comments. Suggested stars include:
- Justin Bieber (Singer)
- Bruce Boxleitner (“Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Babylon 5″ and “Tron”)
- Linda Carter (“Wonder Woman”)
- Phoebe Cates (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Gremlins”)
- Miley Cyrus (Singer)
- Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeannie”)
- Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia from “Star Wars”)
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
- Bruce Jenner (Gold medalist for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics)
- Don Johnson (“Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges”)
- Engelbert Humperdinck (singer who is 75 years old)
- Donna Mills (“Knott’s Landing”)
- Alfonso Ribeira (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”)
- Stephanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”)
- Raven Symone (“The Cosby Show,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and the Disney show “That’s So Raven.”)
- Kathleen Turner (“Body Heat,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Romancing the Stone” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”)
- Lindsay Wagner (“Bionic Woman”)
The stars, the drama, the glamour and the glitter are back on ABC! “Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 13 on Monday, 19 September 2011 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere.
On Tuesday, 20 September, there will be two hours of original programming, beginning with “Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast” (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Who do you want to see on DWTS?
- Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 36 (9, 9, 8, 10). Adjusted 27/30 with three judges.
- Romeo Miller and Chelsea Hightower: 27 (9,9,9)
- Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 31 (8, 8, 7, 8) An adjusted score of 23.
- “Jealousy” by Bill Fury
- Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 8, 7)
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
- Best of
- Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 26 (9, 8, 9) to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus (Week 5 American week)
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 26 (8, 9, 9) to “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week).
- Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 25 (8, 9, 8) to “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire (Week 3 Personal story week)
- Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 25 (8, 8, 9) to “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week)
- Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 30 (7, 8, 7, 8) or 23 adjusted to “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
- Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Week 5 American week)
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 27 (9, 9, 9) to “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood (week 5 American week)
- Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 23 (8,7, 8) to “You and Me” by Musiq Soulchild
- Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Let It Be” to The Beatles
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder
- Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 20 (7, 6, 7) to “I’ll Be There” to The Jackson 5
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 28 (10, 9, 9) to “Walkin’ on the Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week)
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 36 (10, 9, 8, 9) or 26 adjusted to “Pencil Full Of Lead” by Paolo Nutini.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 23
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 23
Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 23
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 22 (7, 7, 8) (week 5 American week)
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 19
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 17
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 28 (9,9,10) to “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8) to “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23 (8, 7, 8) to “American Woman” by The Guess Who (Week 5 American week)
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Week 5 American week)
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 18 (6, 6, 6) to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 17 (6, 5, 6) to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 15 (5, 5, 5) to “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” by Michael Cleveland (week 3)
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: 13 (5, 4, 4) to “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23 (8, 7, 8) to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green
*Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 23 (7, 8, 8) to “Chelsea” by The Summer Set during week 3.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Stuck In The Middle” by Stealers Wheel
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 19 (7, 6, 6) to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 19 (7, 6, 6) to “Romeo” by Basement Jaxx
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 18 (6, 6, 6) to “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 14 (5, 4, 5) to “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan
TEAM Cha cha routines
This season (12) there are 11 celebrity contestants–five women and six men:
1. Kirstie Alley: Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress
2. Chelsea Kane (Staub): Disney actress
3. Petra Nemcova: Supermodel and humanitarian
4. Kendra Wilkinson: Playboy model and reality star
5. Wendy Williams: Talk show host
1. Mike Catherwood: Radio talk show host
2. Chris Jericho: WWE Wrestler
3. Sugar Ray Leonard: Boxer
4. Ralph Macchio: Actor
5. (Lil) Romeo Miller: Rapper and actor
6. Hines Ward: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
From watching the videos, we know that Lil Romeo has timing and great abs, and that might help for the Latin dances, but what about the other ballroom dances that require smooth elegance? Ralph Macchio did some swing moves and that rhythm will help him some, but ballroom is more disciplined than the loose action of swing dancing and that was quite a few years ago.
We expect Hines Ward to do well enough–at least with the fan base voting. Football players have always had a healthy fan base on “Dancing with the Stars,” even when their dancing was bad (Remember Michael Irvin during season 9?).
Leonard at 54 is the oldest male contestant while Alley at 60 is the oldest female contestant. Jennifer Grey was 50, but despite her injury she was in great physical shape. The same can’t be said for Alley. Last season’s oldest female contestant, Florence Henderson, had been performing choreography on stage and was a fierce competitor and even outscored some of the younger contestants. Henderson was 76 during season 11 and just turned 77. Leonard has made many comebacks, so he seems to be dedicated to staying in shape, but that might make him light on his feet and give him stamina, but does he have grace?
Nemcova can pose and look beautiful in clothes, but can she dance? Models have not done well on this show. Coming through the Disney studio system, Kane does know how to dance to pop/rock style choreography so it will be up to her to translate that into ballroom. Videos of Wilkinson indicate that she has good muscle control, but she also has a family living in the Midwest and the morality police might turn against her, particularly with the recent revelations made in her autiobiography.
Williams is tall and talkative and she’ll need to work those legs and arms to her advantage. Catherwood can also talk, but what about dancing? These two radio personalities should make this a lively season at the very least.
Currently, the advantage should be with Kane, Wilkinson and Miller (Lil Romeo). If they start with the cha cha cha, it will be all about hip movement and that’s usually been a bigger problem for the men.
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