I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just ready for the cast announcement so we can get all of this speculating over & done with! But to help us get a handle on who might be in and out, let’s take a look at what combination of “casting types” we might get this season.
Previous examples: Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno, Natalie Coughlin, Misty May-Treanor, Maurice Greene, Louie Vito, Evan Lysacek, Hope Solo
Advantages: The winningest of the 12 types, their obvious advantage is their athleticism – you won’t see these guys struggling with strength or endurance moves. In addition, the same tireless work ethic that helped them medal in the Olympics will likely carry them through the toils of the competition. They also seem to be adored by the masses, as many are seen as “hero” figures – which translates into a formidable voting fanbase.
Disadvantages: For those specializing in sports that are less “artistic” (i.e. swimming, running, volleyball), it might be a bit hard to really get into the character of the dance and truly perform to the crowd. Previously incurred injuries (or the fear of incurring an injury that might hinder their participation in subsequent competitions in their sport, a la Misty May-Treanor) may also slow them down & limit their mobility.
Possible candidates this season: The only semi-legitmate Olympian prospect I think we’ve heard is Bruce Jenner – and I would like to think that TPTB would have mercy and not subject us to back-to-back seasons of Kardashians in the audience :-D
Previous examples: Chuck Liddell, Warren Sapp, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Helio Castroneves, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ty Murray, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Clyde Drexler, Monica Seles, Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Chad Ochocinco, Kurt Warner, Rick Fox, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Jericho, Hines Ward, Ron Artest
Advantages: As with the Olympians, their athleticism & work ethic make them well-suited to the competition. An edge they might have over their Olympic counterparts: sports like football, auto racing, & mixed martial arts tend to have a larger, more mainstream following than some of the Olympic sports.
Disadvantages: Again, a lack of “artistic” experience & previous injury (especially with the football players, who have really taken a beating over the years). Some of the more muscular athletes in hard-hitting sports may also have difficulty with the refined, precise moves of some of the dances.
Possible candidates this season: Vince Young tweeted that he had been asked to the do the show, then suspiciously deleted the tweet. Guilty much? ;-) We’ve also heard Annika Sorenstam’s name in the mix.
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Every season around this time we create a listing of people who have been rumored to be on the show for this season…and sometimes past seasons, if we see “suspicious” behavior. Things that make you go “hmmmm…” Well, thanks to Vogue, who keeps a list, here we are again. Seriously – thank Vogue because I don’t have the time to hunt them all down, sadly. Wish I did.
Anyway, I tend to rank, categorize and editorialize as I go, so bear with me. :-)
ETA an update to Troy Aikmen. See below.
ETA #2 – Sasha Cohen is officially NOT dancing this season; she confirmed on twitter even though we had pretty much figured that one out. :-)
The Most Solid Season 14 Rumors
Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert and Sheri Shepherd – when TMZ first reported on this one, I was skeptical. TMZ has a bit of a spotty record, although some have forgotten. A couple of seasons ago, they got the whole cast exactly right, but last season I tend to think they got played. They got exactly nobody right…they claimed Nancy Grace, but AFTER others (including us) had reported it. But, Gossip Cop backed them up this time, so I have to give it more weight. Of all the sites out there, Gossip Cop not only confirms some rumors, but puts the kibosh on others – some that I knew to be false. They are more reliable, IMO. So…I have to say that I think this is the real deal. Melissa and Sherri are also past seasons rumored contestants – and we know that happens quite a bit. As for Jack, well, ABC Soaps in Depth said they heard a former GH star was dancing, hand Jack was let go from The Bold and the Beautiful (a CBS soap), so that kinda opens a window for him, eh?? As for the video of Melissa going into the DWTS studios…well, that doesn’t look like the normal entrance, but the building structure seems the same. If so…well, doesn’t that eliminate her as Maks’ or Derek’s partner? Unless Derek was fibbing about when he starts rehearsing (next week, per Derek on Ryan’s show).
Maria Menudos – This one isn’t quite as solid as the others, and so far TMZ has no back up. But I sure would like this one to be true. Maria herself is giving nothing away. She’s following no pros, she’s making no teasing comments (that I’ve seen, anyway). If I had a vote I would vote yes. :-)
The Not as Solid, but Still Kinda Solid Season 14 Rumors
Annika Sorenstam – Pro Golfer rumors coming from all sides, including golf aficionados, Tony Dovolani and Annika herself. This one seems plausible, but not as plausible as others. She said she would like to do it, some on twitter are claiming she said yes (although those tweets read kinda weird to me).
Vince Young - Vince straight up said that he had been asked to be on DWTS. Couldn’t tell if he was joking, but the fact that he deleted the tweet was kinda telling. Of course, being asked doesn’t mean he said yes.
Not Solid At All, but Not Speculation Either
Dolly Parton and Gavin Degraw – Both of these rumors came from Hollywood Life who, unfortunately, did not have a good track record last season. And we haven’t heard much about it since the original posting. Not to mention that Dolly, when previously asked, said “hell no”. At first I considered Gavin a more real possibility, but now I’m not so sure. UPDATE: He tweeted earlier today that he’s on his way to LA. Hmmm….
Aferdita Dreshaj – Miss Kosovo said not long ago that she was dancing on DWTS – but was she talking about the Kosovo version of the show? Probably – which is why I stuck her in this category.
Bruce Jenner – Bruce I could handle, but I gotta say no to any other Kardashian relatives. :-) This comes from Hollywood Life once again.
Paula Deene – Hollywood Life was throwing a bunch of stuff at the DWTS wall and waiting to see what would stick. Paula was one of their rumored dancers. I will be curious to see if they get any right.
Bar Refaeli – She was rumored as in negotiation, but it was by a website that I had never heard of before. Not really sure what to make of it, actually, but why would she do it?
This post is a Heidi/Courtney/Vogue collaboration…
As many of you have noticed – the DWTS rumor mill is pretty darn slow these days. No big media outlets reporting legit casting rumors, no glaring Twitter slip-ups by potential candidates, just…vagueness & silence. Which of course makes our job here at PureDWTS a bit harder :-) However, we do keep a pretty vigilant eye on what’s happening on Twitter, and there have been a handful of tweets that have caught our eye as possibly being something legit (and some that are obviously joking, but funny enough to mention ;-)), so we thought we’d go ahead and share – but take these with a BIIIIIG grain of salt, kids. We’re reaching here :-)
Heidi: First up, we have yet another NFL player that someone is claiming to be on DWTS this season – Jeremiah “The Axe Man” Trotter. I found this in my random perusal of various twitter searches. I have no idea if the person claiming he heard Jeremiah is even remotely serious or remotely connected – but Jeremiah’s non-denial is interesting, plus I remember how I didn’t blog about knowing that a Steeler was going to dance. A month before the announcement. :-) ETA: The tweet I posted a bit ago about Vince Young, also from the Eagles, makes this one seem like the person with the info got the wrong player. Hard to say.
Next up, an tweet from Kirstie Alley to Lisa Marie yesterday that got some eyebrows raising:
Courtney: Admittedly, this is EXTRAORDINARILY vague. Kirstie could just be trying to coax Lisa Marie into participating in her “100 Days of Dance” event, or she could be just using it in the figurative sense, as in “Yay! You’re another year older! Do some sort of celebratory dance!!!” However, some interpreted it as “Get ready to hoof it on DWTS soon!” Could Lisa Marie be signed up for season 14? Who knows…but her mom did the show in season 6, and doing the show might help Lisa Marie spread the word about several charities she’s involved with. However, according to Wikipedia, she currently lives in London – so who knows. Food for thought. :-) I think she’d be a great addition to the show – she seems to shun the spotlight, but she looks FANTASTIC for her age and seems to be in good shape.
Vogue: Here’s Lisa Marie in her “Idiot” video “shaking it”. What do you think? Would she be able to dance? Hmmm…she definitely has the beats down like her Dad though nothing “Hound Dog” unique, but, would she be able to memorize elaborate dance numbers? She may have trouble like her Mom, but, I can see her paired with Maks! :)
Courtney: Now we move onto actress Wendy Robinson, who tweets some things that could be exciting out-of-context…
But upon further examination, it’s obviously just wishful thinking:
But I must say – Wendy does look quite fetching in green fringe!
Courtney: On the campaign front, it looks like the latest celeb to have fans gunning for them to do the show is actress Jackée Harry:
If memory serves, I think Jackée has been a rumor before…or maybe a campaign. IDK. Too much going on in my head :-) Either way, she’s funny…I think she’d be kinda like Niecy. In fact, I think she’s actually friends with Niecy.
And in the category of “purely joking”, we have Darrell Sheets from the A&E series Storage Wars no doubt giving a costar a hard time:
Courtney: For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Storage Wars is a reality show where they take self-storage units that are delinquent on their rent and auction off the contents to the highest bidder as a single lot. Sometimes you get valuable antiques and priceless artifacts; sometimes you get junk. Darrell & Barry (Weiss) are two of the people who bid on these units – and the reason I find this tweet so funny is that this is Barry:
Vogue: I can’t see it. I just can’t.
Courtney: If Reuben from Ocean’s Eleven had a drunken love child with Charlie Sheen’s character from Two & A Half Men, it would be Barry Weiss (whose name makes me want a beer).
And just breaking, we have this gem from Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:
I could use a spin around the dance floor w a good friend and an amazing dancer! miss u @LouisVanAmstel lets do it!
Courtney: Can we say “desperate for attention”? Sorry, but Taylor’s totally fishing here – she’s name-dropping a pro (a pro that’s too short for her, no less), acting like they’re bff (ok…I must’ve missed something…I didn’t think she & LVA even ran in the same circles), and doing it less than a month before the cast announcement when she’s already been rumored as a contestant. Whether or not she’s actually been asked remains to be seen, but judging from the constant reports I’ve been hearing that she’s flat broke and terrified that she’s not going to be asked back for season 3 of RHOBH (a legit concern, as I hear they’re already looking for some new housewives), the woman sounds desperate with a captial D – so you best believe that if she gets asked, she’s doing it. I hope Tony’s got a therapist on standby…
Vogue: Then there is Sam Champion…yes, Sam strikes again! Check out this little ‘retweet’ Sam made this morning. Why would he retweet this if he wasn’t dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 14? This guy is going to give us serious heart palpitations with all of this TEASING!! With the added anticipation of Madonna dancing in the Super Bowl, I’m dying here. 8O Bring it Sam or ELSE! :mrgreen:
Rumor or joke or out and out bull – you be the judge. :-)
Vince is a former Tennessee Titan quarterback known for throwing temper tantrums on and off the field. He is currently playing for Philadelphia Eagles – which makes the rumor I’m going to post shortly probably mis-directed. :-)