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Inside 'Dancing With the Stars': Who Said No, How Much They Make and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 1st 2010 3:00PM
'Dancing With the Stars' castDespite the nonstop publicity and increased public opinion afforded to 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants, believe it or not, there are several stars who turned down the opportunity to paso doble in front of the entire nation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, plenty of high-profile celebrities nixed the idea of appearing on the show this season. Among those who said no: actors Sylvester Stallone, Kirstie Alley, Tim Allen, Suzanne Somers and 'Community' star Joel McHale, along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, political commentator Ann Coulter, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the real-life Erin Brockovich and gazillionaire Richard Branson.

Doesn't that sound like a much better lineup than the reality star-heavy one just announced on Monday night?

"We've approached a lot of people over the years," executive producer Conrad Green told THR. "People say no for a variety of reasons. Some people like the show but think they suck at dancing. It's a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes."

'DWTS' is a much better opportunity for stars who are waning in popularity or are trying to increase their visibility, so perhaps the batch of potential contestants above is simply doing too well, career-wise, to say yes. 'The Expendables' was No. 1 at the box office two weeks in a row -- Stallone doesn't need any help in the popularity department right now. McHale stars on not one but two hit shows ('Community' and 'The Soup'), so he probably doesn't see his family much as it is.
Then again, Somers and Branson both seem like ideal candidates to appear.

Each contestant who signs on makes $125,000 for the first three weeks of rehearsal and the first two episodes, then, depending on how far they make it in the competition, $10,000 an episode for the next two weeks, $20,000 an episode for the two weeks after that, $30,000 an episode for the following two weeks and $50,000 an episode for the final two weeks.

According to THR's source involved in the show's production, the stars are penalized if they can't make the required six to eight hours of rehearsal each day, and no one gets special treatment. That means no say in choosing dance partners, and none of their own hair and makeup people.

"Production pairs up the star and the professional," THR's production source said. "If they didn't, everyone would be vying for the same few dancers."

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David S.

Thankfully Branson said no --- he doesn't need the money, although I agree with the comment above that he is an attention whore. Speaking of attention whores, could someone please make Florence Henderson disappear already? She probably does need the money, but enough of her. She can take Bristol Palin with her.

September 05 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sandy boehning

Bristol shown in a black lace outfit on NBC. Big surprise! They are so "far left," there is no limit to their scandalous lack of true journalism. Their viewers, finally realizing they never give both sides of a story, are leaving MSNBC in droves. I, and most of the folks I know, will be watching DWTS. Bristol deserves to be shown in a favorable way. The young woman was subjected to such negative "talk" previously from the media, agreeing to be on DWTS shows class and courage on her part.

September 05 2010 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sammy

So, is it $125,000 for each of the first five weeks, or is it $125,000 total for htose five weeks? That means the least they can walk away with is $125,000 for five weeks work. Not bad. Not bad at all.

September 05 2010 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

I don't know whether to laugh or vomit over the intense stupidity people have for that scripted, disingenuous rot that's labeled "reality" television. Is it really butter, or is it margarin, or polyurethane plastic? Gee? it must be real cause it's on TV with real people! Wow! How observant for the natural born cretin that savors the rich stench of network bullshit like Dancing With The Stars, etc., etc.

September 05 2010 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mitch999

I liked watching DWTS until now. Bristol Palin? Is she a star? The pickings must be getting slim. Sorry DWTS, this household will not be tuning in...

September 05 2010 at 3:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisa

bristal is a bimbo she gets pegeo at what 16 or 17 then has the baby and then goes and tells the young people not to have sex and then her and the babys father gets enged and tells poeple that they are not going to be liveing to gether has to no sex before marriage but thne here again i think that dint; work so does it matter if you live together so lets see so you lived together when you got pregnant so you cant have sex without living together

September 05 2010 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nick

Awww, little whore Bristol: the irresponsible spoiled brat turned baby maker. The irresponsible high school drop out, who's redneck mommy gave a great paying job. Now little miss whore, Bristol, finds no need to earn her high school diploma. I wouldn't knock the Obama's so much when people like the simpleton Palin's come into the picture.

September 05 2010 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Glo

I have an great idea!! Have Lohan and Bristol dance together. Lohan can donate to her future attorney fees and Bristol can use the money for condoms and birth control pills.

September 05 2010 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

Why are there so many articles on AOL know that I can't email to friends & relatives. They have AOL email & read AOL stories but they don't all go as deep as I do to find one like this. Give me back the little envelope icon that lets me email it.

September 05 2010 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mari

What has Bristal done that many of you haven't done except you haven't gotten [caught]. Such hypocrits.

September 04 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cleo

Everyone I talk to says their not watching because of Palin being on. They can't stand the Palin family so it's going to be a boycot of the show. They have really scraped the bottom of the barrel for this season.

September 04 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carol Marchant

And all those people will be watching. Are you all silly enough to think she is going to be the ONLY person on the show. I hope she does well and has a wonderful time doing it.

September 05 2010 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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