DWTS Season 16 – The 12th Contestant Exists After All!

Well, we now have several sources that confirm that there is indeed a 12th contestant. One source is someone who was in the audience yesterday for the live cast reveal and who contacted Courtney.  Kristina Hampton was in the studio audience and said that they were told there was another contestant that will be announced later – after they asked about it because of what they read here (I love that part – thanks Kristina).  Apparently the question was asked during a New York segment and the California contingent was not on the air.

This is supported by the fact that several media outlets are still reporting on a 12th contestant, including the mention in this article about how badly Emily Maynard wanted to do the show. From US Magazine (emphasis mine):

Eleven of the twelve celebrities competing on Dancing With the Stars were revealed on Good Morning America Feb. 26: boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, actor D.L. Hughley, country singer Wynonna Judd, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, comedian Andy Dick, Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, actor Ingo Rademacher and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump. The final contestant will be revealed before the new season begins Monday, March 18.

Not everyone in Hollywood is clamoring for a chance at the Mirror Ball trophy, however: A source says Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both turned down the chance to dance!

I also saw some other media this morning that talks confidently about a 12th contestant – like it’s a done deal – but I’m not sure where I saw it. Maybe Miss Vogue can add a link back to the post where it is? :-)

Vogue here with an update: Check out this tweet from the official site last night. It supports this theory even more being Peta Murgatroyd is in it for which the 12th contestant might be paired with…


Look who we are dancing with tonight! http://t.co/Tiq4W684pW
@DancingABC
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