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Gorse, O'Dell Among Rumored Candidates to Replace Samantha Harris

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 11th 2010 5:00PM
The revolving door of reality stars just keeps on spinning; whether it's 'American Idol' or 'Dancing With the Stars,' the hosts and judges seem to fascinate us almost as much as the contestants. Over the past few weeks, speculation has been running rampant regarding a replacement for effervescent 'DWTS' host Samantha Harris; we've even made a few suggestions ourselves.

But the latest news according to E! Online hints that the decision over a new host may not be far off. Rumors indicate that two potential candidates may be 'E! News' correspondent Ashlan Gorse and former 'Access Hollywood' anchor Nancy O'Dell. The revolving door of reality stars just keeps on spinning; whether it's 'American Idol' or 'Dancing With the Stars,' the hosts and judges seem to fascinate us almost as much as the contestants. Over the past few weeks, speculation has been running rampant regarding a replacement for effervescent 'DWTS' host Samantha Harris; we've even made a few suggestions ourselves.

But the latest news according to E! Online hints that the decision over a new host may not be far off. Rumors indicate that two potential candidates may be 'E! News' correspondent Ashlan Gorse and former 'Access Hollywood' anchor Nancy O'Dell.

If chosen, Gorse would likely pull double shifts on both 'E! News'and 'DWTS', while O'Dell's schedule would prove a little more flexible. After leaving her 13-year post on 'Access,' O'Dell has kept herself busy hosting numerous TV specials, as well as landing jobs as a spokesperson for Babyliss and Rusk. According to E! Online, she's also designing a new line of outdoor furniture; but all of those gigs should be fairly easy to slot in around a steady hosting gig.

As a former 'DWTS' contestant during season 9, O'Dell has undeniable experience when it comes to 'Dancing,' even though she was forced to drop out of the contest before she even got the chance to compete thanks to a knee injury she sustained during training.

Bubbly blondes O'Dell and Gorse are certainly perky enough to lift contestants' spirits when the going gets tough after a harsh judgment, a quality which will serve them well when dealing with disappointed dancers. "Those ballroom dancers are not as easy to handle as people might think. We need somebody who can be uplifting, but they also have to be strong and tough," 'DWTS' judge Carrie Ann Inaba told E!'s Marc Malkin recently.

A rep for 'Dancing' had no comment on the speculation, but since the 10th season kicks off as soon as March 22, an announcement regarding Tom Bergeron's new co-host is expected imminently.

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