Okay, as I joked the other day, the tabloid wars are getting out of hand, with one outlet with a great track record (TMZ) is setting up rumors while other outlets, some reputable and some with no track record on DWTS rumors, shooting them down. It’s crazy, it’s wild….it’s a helluva lot of fun. But…it’s hard to keep track of also! Who was rumored, who was shot down, who out and out denied they were doing the show?? Well, that’s why I’m writing this post – to try and make sense of it all and make a list of where we stand now. I don’t know about most of our readers, but this is actually one of my favorite parts of DWTS – trying to figure out who’s going to do the show before…they actually do the show.
My guess is that Chynna, Christina, Rob and Kristin…and maybe Jenni…will turn out to be true. We’ll see!!
Note: Vogue is reading this before it’s posted…but that doesn’t mean it will be perfect. If we left someone off – please tell us and we’ll update accordingly. DO NOT tell me about people who are campaigning or who want to be on the show – this is for actual rumors. I’m putting a list of wannabes at the bottom – but they are not the same as “rumored to be in talks” or “rumored to be doing the show.”
Chynna Phillips – Perez Hilton reported this yesterday, but it was originally mentioned that she was in talks quite some time ago by us, via The Insider.
Christina Milian – First reported by US Weekly back in July, along with Rob Kardashian, Christina seems fairly solid. Only because Hollywood life (and as recently as August 12)and others are saying she’s in, and no one’s managed to shoot them down yet. She also had an interesting reaction to a question about DWTS, as we mentioned earlier.
Rob Kardashian – Another potential dancer who is being mentioned by many of the outlets and hasn’t been shot down yet. Along with Christina, he was originally mentioned by US Weekly in July. He addressed the rumors in an interesting non-denial similar to that of Kate Gosselin.
Kristin Cavallari – Access Hollywood reported this one and no one has shot it down yet, to the best of my knowledge.
Ron Artest – Originally said to be in talks by TMZ, Ron has since said he will not be on this season.
Snooki – First she was, then she wasn’t, then she was open to it…who the hell knows?
Leila Arcieri - gave a rather vague answer when asked about DWTS.
Queen Latifa – Originally rumored by TMZ, this one was shot down by her reps.
Tommy Lee - was apparently asked and apparently said “hell no“.
Rosanne Barr - was apparently asked and would like to, but she needs body parts replace first.
Tiffany Thiessen – First, she said no, but then other outlets, such as TMZ and Hollywood Life as of August 12, are still claiming she is dancing, even though Tiffany herself shot down the original rumors. As recently as yesterday, Perez claims she’s dancing.
Jenni Rivera – This rumor is purely twitter driven…but not impossible.
Matthew Finley – first reported back in June, we haven’t heard his name mentioned very much lately.
Ashley Hebert – Hollywood Life reported that Ashley was “in negotiations” with DWTS back in June while the Bachelorette was still airing, but we haven’t heard much on that lately. The silence is rather deafening. DWTS has a bit of a track record with that franchise, as you may recall. I would not be surprised if they keep the incestuous relationship going.
Evelyn Lozada – Chad Ochocinco claimed to TMZ that Evelyn was “in talks” to do the show. Then, we reported on a Tweet from Evelyn that sort of implied she was doing the show.
Chaz Bono – I kinda doubt this one, mainly because Extra had a story on it and then pulled it, as we reported a while back.
Bobby Flay – This is another rumor that’s only been mentioned once. This is one busy guy, so…
Kelly Preston – I never put much stock in this one, but you never know!! Showbiz Spy claimed back in April that she had “auditioned” for the show – which is the first clue they don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ve never heard of anyone having to audition before. In any case, it’s not impossible, as Kelly isn’t that far removed from a Kirstie Alley or Jennifer Grey.
Melissa Gilbert – Melissa’s name has been on many a fan wishlist, but no real rumors until this past May when The National Enquirer brought it up and we repeated it. And, interestingly, Melissa tweeted a link to our post! That was nice. She said no in a weird kinda way as well, which makes me inclined to leave her on the “possible” list.
Sherri Shephard – This lady has wanted to do the show for a long time and appears to have a crush on Maks, but something (or someone) seems to be preventing her from doing the show. Back in June, she was tweeting about the show, and she’s talked about it alot on the View. Wendy Williams claimed she was in talks to do the show in July. I wonder if their producers won’t let her out to do DWTS. Seems like we’ve talked about her a lot here. Last word was on August 1, where she supposedly turned an offer down.
Davy Jones - Davy was supposedly asked and “supposedly” turned the offer down. His “no” was rather confusing.
Hulk Hogan – Hollywood Life takes him out of the running before he was even IN the running.
Candice Cameron Bure – There’s something funny going on here. Waaay back in February, we reported that the New York Post was saying Candice was rumored to be participating. She subsequently shot that rumor down via Twitter on February 16, saying she hadn’t been asked. However, since then her name has come up again because of an interesting tweet (again). She was tweeting Erin Andrews and had asked about Evan Lysacek. Again, she KIND OF denied it, but in a very strange way. In a way that makes some of us (Evaine, me, Vogue) think perhaps there is more to the story. Evaine is hoping this is about Candice’s husband Valeri Bure, retired hockey player. I guess we’ll see.
Shawn Marion – He’s afraid that there won’t be an NBA lock out and DWTS would interfere with his season, per a couple previous stories we posted about him.
Bridgit Mendler – a fan site claimed they had been told she was doing the show, but her rep has since denied it.
Alex Morgan – A member of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, Alex mentioned in an interview that she had a show she would be working on for a couple months that she couldn’t talk about. We thought maybe it was DWTS, but twitter chatter says she said it was a cameo. Well, Cameo roles don’t take “a couple months” as far as I know.
Dina Lohan - I dunno if this is a rumor or more like a wannabe on steroids. In any case we haven’t heard much about her lately.
The WANNABE Dancers - I could not possibly do a complete list of wannabes, but here are a few who’ve really made it known
Hope Solo - this is more like MAKS wannabe dancer and wishful thinking. But hey, something got him to change his mind, maybe it was Hope?
Theresa Guidice – She’s been trying very hard to get on the show, but they apparently said “NO“.
Shaquille O’Neal – Pretty sure this one was an assumption by the original source and not a real rumor.
Regis Philbin – remember, Regis said he’d been asked to do the show, but only if he could dance with Derek.
Jodie Sweetin – we mentioned her way back in Februrary because she had mentioned wanting to do the show. Plus, she likes Derek but started following Maks, so we thought maybe she knew something. Well, she didn’t dance on Season 12 (neither did Derek) so I thought I would include her here. Old rumors often come back to life around here, you know. Of course, this is more campaign than rumor, but there you go.
Lee Merriwhether, Mackenzie Westmore, Maci Bookout and Dee Wallace
Ellen K – Ryan Seacrest’s pal, and she certainly has more of an “in” with the show than others, but still this one is wishful thinking. We think.
Sig Hansen - this guy has been rumored for, like, 2 years now so I’ve downgraded him to a wishful thinker.
Randy Jones, Michael E. Knight, Jason Alexander and Colleen Zenk