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DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Celebrity Dancing Contender Round-up

So, let’s do a summary round-up of all the celebrities that might or might not be dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 12. Below is a list of each celebrity with a link back to our original reportings on each of them for why we thought they garnished attention or a mention.

Lady Celebrities

Julie Benz -Tom Bergeron’s Dream Contestant!
iJustine -A You Tube sensation dying to get on the show. She and her fan base worked overtime campaigning for her at ABC.com
Maria Kanellis -Maria was on early rumor but, we haven’t heard much regarding her since.
Joan Rivers -Joan has thrown her hat into the ring just about every year and for some reason, execs won’t bite.
Donna D’Errico -After doing a little early campaigning with Lorenzo Lamas to do the show, Donna changed her mind. She said she had other dreams of finding Noah’s Ark in Turkey and doing a cooking show instead.
Kim Zolciak -Kim remarked at Twitter she was “weighing options” for Dancing With The Stars.
Brooke Mueller – Brooke is Charlie Sheen’s former wife and has been rumored to be in talks with DWTS, but as of Feb. 3rd hadn’t received a formal offer.
Colleen Zenk -Sources recently told Colleen she was the most supported to dance on the show for a “Daytime Actor” and that the fans have been heard. Then she said “big things are ahead” and hopes we’ll join her for the ride.
LeAnn Rimes -LeAnn said she’d do the show if Benji Schwimmer would.
Lee Meriwether - Lee is tight lipped and won’t confirm or deny at twitter, but, she tweeted in November she was “trying to get on the show” and to “cross our fingers”. This isn’t the first Season Lee has been rumored to dance. She very much wants to do the show.
Kendra Wilkinson – E News (usually a very good source for DWTS) reported Kendra was in talks to do the show. Their source told them, “Her personality, combined with her ability to dance, is appealing”. Perez Hilton has reported that she has signed.
Wendy Williams -Like Lee, Wendy won’t confirm or deny at Twitter, but rumors on this contender are rampant. I was told recently at Twitter (thanks @upclose22 ) that Wendy’s sister said she can’t keep a secret. However, in this case, Wendy is definitely keeping a secret if she is indeed dancing. Perez Hilton said she has signed. Though Wiki can’t always be trusted, they are reporting her Reps have confirmed this news as well (Thanks to @BotanicalLilly).
Candice Cameron Bure – Some rumors started to appear on Candice and then quickly faded out when she tweeted she hadn’t been asked (as of Feb. 16th).
Christine O’Donnell – This controversial political guru (I like Courtney’s description of her MUCH better-follow link :D ) posted at her Facebook that she was mulling over an offer and asked her supporters if she should consider it. DWTS fans everywhere have been gasping and fearing Bristol Palin Part 2.
Nastia Liukin -Nastia is the perfect fill for the Olympian spot and both her and Mark Ballas have recently started following each other at Twitter.
Vera Wang – One of her new tweets and rumors from previous Seasons has made us suspicious that Vera might be doing the show this year.
Faye Dunaway – Rumorfix.com reported that this A-lister has signed to do the show. What a coo this would be for the show (and fans alike) if true!!!
Kirstie Alley -Perez Hilton was the first to report Kirtsie has signed to do the show. As of the time of this post, Kirstie won’t confirm or deny at twitter which leads many of us to believe Kirstie is doing the show.
Jodie Sweetin -Jodie has been campaigning to do the show, has expressed her love of dance all of her life, and is following Maks (only) at Twitter.
Elin Nordegren -She is Tiger Wood’s wife and the most recent addition to this list. Extra supposedly has been reporting on this. But, I can’t find where?

Men Celebrities

Zakk Wilde -Black Label Society’s and Ozzy Osbourne’s former front man was campaining early to do the show.
Tony Robbins -Tony remarked at Twitter Dancing With The Stars wants him to dance this Season, but said QVC is his limit.
Lorenzo Lamas – One of our earliest rumored celebrities, Lorenzo has said he very much wants to do the show and would if asked. He’s been seen at several dancing events and hanging out with the pros of the show.
Kris Joseph -Rumors were flying on Twitter on Kris dancing and then he squashed it when he said, “Where are all these crazy rumors emerging from? This aint even funny anymore.”
Brett Favre -Rumors are still popular on this possibility, but his daugher tweeted he wasn’t doing the show (as of Feb. 11th). Heidi’s Note: Pretty sure this one was always bull started by Kurt Warner.
Al Sharpton – Rev. Al said “no” when a recent offer came in even though he said he’d “BLOW ‘EM OUT” with his dance moves. 8O
Carlos Leon -Carlos has turned down an offer several times to dance on the show, but, if asked this Season he said he’d do it.
Chris Jericho – Rumors on this possibility are still on-going even though Chris has recently announced several big commitments. Chris is also following the Official DWTS twitter account.
Dane Cook – A new addition to this list since he and Cheryl have added themselves to their twitter accounts. I saw this for myself last night after it was reported by PureDWTS reader Jennifer (Thanks Jennifer) and now Dane has taken her off which makes me suspicious. Follow comments at link.
Tatum Channing -Also a new addition to this list being Chelsie has just added him to her twitter account. Thanks to PureDWTS reader Susan for this heads up. Follow comments at link.
Hines Ward – A Steeler Wide receiver. Heidi suspected something was up with a “Steeler” being signed a couple of weeks ago.

So, there ya go!! Yes Louis, we are not going to let you down! :D


Where do u guys hear all the rumors what celebs r on #DWTS ??? U guys should all work 4 the FBI..lol
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

Stay tuned for Heidi to follow me up with a “Pairings” post because, as serious and past followers to this site know, she has a serious knack for forecasting. ;)

Heidi’s Note: Well thanks, but I’m good at forecasting who will be on the show, I suck pretty bad lately at the partners. :-)

If we hear of more rumored celebrities, we’ll be sure to update this post.

February 26, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS – Damian Whitewood & Peta Jane Murgatroyd At “Dare To Care” Pre-Oscar Party (PHOTO)

Posted at Todd Michael Krim’s Facebook page, above is a picture of Damian and Peta at a Pre-Oscar “Dare To Care” Party in West Hollywood last night. Other celebrities also showed up at this event such as Jamie Lee Curtis, rumored cast member LeAnn Rimes and former DWTS contestants Jennifer Grey, Lance Bass, and Mario Lopez.

Peta and Damian have to be the most requested pro-couple to dance on the show this year (along with Jonathan and Anna). I hope DWTS execs are listening!!!! *Loves these two so much!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS – Mark Ballas Talks About HurtLoveBox and Dancing With The Stars

Homorazzi.com interviewed Mark this past week when he put on an acoustic show at The Roxy in Vancouver, Canada for charity. Like their interview with Chelsie, Mark is careful not to mention this upcoming Season directly. But, he does talk about who he’d like to dance with and more. Check out what he says about his past partners as well below which has been of good discussion lately in our previous threads (Heidi mentions she’s going to be writing more on this in a new post for if he’s “paid his dues” and whether he’s had ringers or not versus Derek’s dance partners, etc. So stay tuned. ;) ).

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – How about Tiger Wood’s Wife Elin Nordegren?

The Orlando Sentinel via Extra is reporting ex-wife of Tiger Woods and former Swedish Model, Elin Nordegren, is in talks to dance on Dancing With The Stars. Here is a take from the link. I looked at Extra for where the Orlando Sentinel might have picked up this information. But, so far, I can’t find anything. If anyone has heard more on this rumor, please let us know.

The next cast of “Dancing With the Stars” will be unveiled during Monday’s edition of “The Bachelor.”

The closer we get to that day, the more speculation you’re going to hear about the cast.

“Extra” is speculating that Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of Tiger Woods, is in talks for the ABC dance contest. “Extra” showed footage of Nordegren pulling her own luggage through LAX.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS Season 12 – Quick Thoughts & Interesting Twitter Notations

Though it could be nothing, Lee Meriwether has added TONY Dovolani in the last few days to her twitter account when he wasn’t there before. I was messaged at twitter (Thanks @donamadrina) that Mark is now following Nastia Luikin. Interesting too how Nastia, Jodie Sweetin, Lee Meriwether, Wendy Williams, and Kirstie Alley haven’t denied the rumors yet that they are Dancing With The Stars celebrity contenders. Hmmmm??

Yes, Louis Van Amstel, we work for the FBI! :D

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 – Celebrity And Pro Dancer Pairings To Be Announced Wed, Mar. 2nd on Good Morning America

I’ll let Louis do the talking this time.


Watch the bachelor mon nite, like last season, to find out the new cast of DWTS. Wed on GMA the pairings will b announced!
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

Are we excited yet? ;)

Heidi’s Note: Louis tweeted some other things yesterday.  One tweet seemed to imply that he had a shot at the mirrorball, the other – the one below – made me laugh out loud. Dude, we good.  And some of these rumors I think we found first, so I will be very curious to see if any of our guesses based on twitter will turn out to be true. Hope so. :-)

Where do u guys hear all the rumors what celebs r on #DWTS ??? U guys should all work 4 the FBI..lol
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel
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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Jodie Sweetin To Dance On Dancing With The Stars?

Ok, this is one of those long shots. But, I saw something at twitter today that peaked my curiousity. Jodie Sweetin is following MAKS. I just started following her about a month or so ago when I first heard of the rumors of her doing the show. At the time, she wasn’t following him (that I noticed). BUT, she is NOW. What’s more and if true, Jodie could be just the “ringer” Maks needs as she has been dancing since she was three years old. Read more from this November article from People below. Note too that she’d like Derek or Maks as a dance partner. However, she isn’t following Derek at twitter at the moment like she is Maks. Hmmmm??

“I really want to do the show,” Jodie Sweetin tells PEOPLE. “I just want to dance, but the fact that it would be on camera, and I’d get to have my hair and makeup done and wear those costumes? Awesome!”

It wouldn’t be the first time she’s danced on television. Sweetin, who shows off her baby girl Beatrix in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, began taking tap and ballet classes as a 3-year-old girl, and when she starred on Full House, the writers would incorporate dancing into her role.

“Stephanie was always dancing,” she recalls. “A week or two before a dancing episode, the writers would say, okay, you and your teacher choreograph a routine.”

These days, Sweetin and her boyfriend Morty Coyle follow Dancing closely, and Coyle has begun something of a grassroots campaign to try to get his girlfriend on the show.

“We saw a ‘Get Jodie Sweetin on Dancing with the Stars’ group on Facebook,” says Coyle. “And I thought, wow, all you have to do is ‘like’ this. So I started a trending topic on Twitter. It’s her dream. Hey, Betty White got on SNL!”

Of course, Dancing is on ABC, just like Full House, so “this would give them free reign to play all those clips of Stephanie dancing,” he jokes.

Should she get the call she’s hoping for, Sweetin says she’s already got an ideal partner and a favorite dance picked out.

“I really like Derek Hough,” she says. “Maks is good too – my mom loves him. But I like Derek’s style and his technique. And I really enjoy Latin ballroom. I’ve always wanted to learn the Argentine tango.”

She’ll probably make quick work of it, too.

“If I did do the show, I would ask, ‘How many hours did the winners rehearse?’” says Sweetin. “Then I’d want to do that, plus an hour. I would be that determined.”

You can also listen to Jodie talk about her interest with Dancing With The Stars and why she’d like to do the show, etc in a recent Jan. 24th Podcast interview >>>>>HERE (what she said on Bristol and Kate Gosselin is dead on imo!).

Here’s to Monday night y’all! ;)

Heidi’s Note: What makes this interesting is that she likes Derek but isn’t following him – cause he ain’t on the show this season? I hope this one is true. And that Maks gets her. ;-)

February 25, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Is Kirstie Alley Signed To Dance On Dancing With The Stars?

Not sure if this is true or not since it’s coming from Perez Hilton. But, I am loving this news if it is true!! :)

As most of you know, Kirstie was rumored to dance last Season. She’s been working out and has lost a lot of weight in the last year. So, this news wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Perez also mentions Kendra Wilkinson and Wendy Williams have been signed.

We are soooo tuning in this season! This is going to be EPIC!

Sources have EXCLUSIVELY revealed to PerezHilton.com the names of three more contestants signed up for this season of Dancing With The Stars.

Hold onto your hats! Drum roll please…

And the lovely ladies are:

Kendra Wilkinson, Wendy Williams and….Kirstie Alley!

So, what do you think of this possibility and who do you see Kirstie paired with?? I know one thing. She will provide a lot of laughs on this show. :)

Special thanks to Puredwts reader Maddy for this news!!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Faye Dunaway To Join Dancing With The Stars

I sooo hope this new celebrity cast rumor is true! I LOVE FAYE DUNAWAY!!!! From Rumorfix.com.

Faye Dunaway is following in the footsteps of Florence Henderson and Cloris Leachman by joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars as the dancing senior, RumorFix has learned exclusively.

Dunaway, who is 70 years old, is best known in her roles in Network, Chinatown and Mommie Dearest.

The Academy Award-winning actress just wrapped up playing Maria Callas in Master Class, a movie she wrote, directed and starred in.

So, what do you think and who do you see her paired with if this news is true? I see a Tony or Jonathan pairing again. Maybe even Damian!!

I LOVE THIS!!! :)

Heidi’s Note: I have taught you well, young Jedi….

February 24, 2011 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing with the Stars Season 12 – Speculation and Rumors, Nastia Liukin

…and Vera Wang. Shout out to Heather in the comments for the Vera Wang observation.

So, people really, REALLY believe that Derek gets all the good partners? Puh-lease – if this is even remotely close to true, it will be popular Olympian NUMBER 3 for Mark Ballas and win number 3. I will be very, VERY curious to see how people (including the other male pros) continue to believe that Derek is the favored son with a straight face if this comes to pass. Let the rending of clothing begin….

…because Nastia Liukin is now following Mark Ballas on Twitter. And we all know what that often means at this time of year. Of course, she is also following Cheryl and Julianne, but gee whiz – she apparently started following Mark in the last couple days. Those of you crying for “fairness” should be shouting now about Mark and how Nastia should go with Louis. I won’t hold my breath. :-)  I can’t wait to see the spinning that commences. ;-)  Who wants to go first??  :-)

For those of you unfamiliar with Nastia – she is the 2008 All Around Champion Olympic gymnast.  And you thought Shawn Johnson had a fanbase?? LOL

Vogue Editing to Add this snippit from Access Hollywood last summer for what Nastia said about doing the show. Special thanks to PureDWTS reader @Upclose22 (Dee) for this link.;

In related Nastia news, the gymnast said she hasn’t decided yet whether she’s going to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but if “Dancing with the Stars” came around, she might be interested in that opportunity.

“It’s a great show and I think it’s fun to be able to go outside of your element and do something that you have no idea what you’re doing,” she laughed. “A lot of people think the Olympians have an advantage with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and I think that the only advantage that they have is to be able perform in front of a live audience.

“Everything else is so out of your element,” she continued. “I’ve never taken a dance class in my life.”

As for Vera, I normally wouldn’t think much of this tweet she posted the other day, but the thing is – we have seen many instances where people are rumored in previous seasons before they finally show up on the show. She was in the audience often supporting Evan Lysacek and I do believe she is a fan of the show. It would just not be a shock to see her finally on the show as a contestant. We’ve reported rumors regarding Vera in previous seasons. Is it her time??

Enjoying the sunshine in LA. Taping a special tv appearance...Can't wait to share details with you soon, watch this space!! XxVera
@VeraWangGang
Vera Wang
February 23, 2011 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)