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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Cast Rumors

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 23rd 2011 1:00PM
Christine O'DonnellPolish up those tap shoes and make sure all the sequins are intact -- it's almost time for 'Dancing With the Stars'!

Last season, 'DWTS' cast rumors were flying fast and furiously, thanks in part to Bristol Palin. However, season 12 rumors have been pretty tame.

Here's what we know so far:

Former Tea Party senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has been approached by producers. O'Donnell had this to say on her Facebook page: "I just got the Official 'Ask' from Dancing With The Stars !! Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!!" That's not a firm "No."

O'Donnell, a Palin family favorite, has been rumored to be in talks since season 11 ended. She'd certainly bring the political controversy Bristol Palin did, but would she be as likable?

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Cast Rumors'The View' host Joy Behar said on Wednesday's show that she believes O'Donnell should do it. "She can put a hex on all her opponents," Behar joked, "and definitely will win."

The ladies also discussed 'DWTS' cast wish list, which included Behar herself. Her fellow co-hosts urged her to join the cast, despite her lack of ability ("I'm like one of those bobbleheads," Behar demurred).

"Joy, you are the perfect person for 'Dancing With the Stars' because they take a person who doesn't know how to dance and they teach you how to do it," Sherri Shepherd said.

"And it's a great diet," Elisabeth Hasselbeck added.




UPDATE: According to PerezHilton.com, E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson and 'Cheer's star Kirstie Alley will be part of this season's 'Dancing' cast. Alley has been a rumored name for years, looks like she's finally signed on the dotted line.

The gossip site is also reporting movie star Faye Dunaway has signed on for season 12.

Former WWE champion Chris Jericho has been a long-rumored favorite to join the dancing competition. He has the fandom and according to FanHouse, he's been teasing his fans with a big announcement. "It would be nice to [join 'DWTS' or the band Velvet Revolver] but that's not what I'm thinking about when I'm talking about my announcement," Jericho said in a recent interview.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Cast RumorsTalk show host Wendy Williams would bring a va-va-voom factor to the series, but is she doing it? According to the New York Post she is, however he reps have shot down the report. Sort of. A representative of Williams told the Post, "We have no confirmation on that." And a rep for 'The Wendy Williams Show' told the newspaper, "Production hasn't added any last-minute or unplanned hiatus days to the schedule." However, PerezHilton.com reports Williams will be on the series.

Madonna's ex, Carlos Leon, told E! Online he'd do the show. Leon, the father of Madonna's daughter, Lourdes, said he was offered a spot on the show a few years ago, but turned them down. However, now he wants on. "I got offered to do 'Dancing With the Stars' a couple years back. I didn't do it, but if they come up with the offer again, I would totally do it."

Meanwhile, it seems like everyone has turned the show down. Al Sharpton has shot down producers once again. He told TMZ he has the dancing skill, but doesn't have the time.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Cast Rumors'The Chicago Code' star Jennifer Beals has been approached by producers, but she told People.com she rejected the offer. "I am not a dancer," Beals, the star of 'Flashdance,' said. "They asked me and I said 'no.' You could back up a truck to my door filled with cash and I wouldn't do it."

Brett Favre has been another long-rumored name, but his daughter shot down the reports on Twitter.

Portia De Rossi generated a ton of buzz when she was approached to be one part of the first same-sex 'Dancing' couple. However, according to PopEater, she turned down producers.



Tell us: Who do you want to see on 'Dancing With the Stars' season 12?

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Edith Crabtree

Bring Derek Hauff this season Missed him.

August 24 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmarch1766

What happened to Derek Hauff...

April 14 2011 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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March 10 2011 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annette

Whoever is on this season I'll be watching. DWTS is one of my favorite shows. I do wish they would get more well known stars for the show.

February 28 2011 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annette

I would love to see Mike Rowe join the cast, maybe the guys from American Pickers. Female vote would be Lynda Carter or Fran Drescher. Oh...Brad Pitt would be a good one also.

February 28 2011 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pinky

I would like to see Tom Bergeron join the cast. If other professionals can put a hold on their jobs, why can't he??

February 27 2011 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abelheart

I would love to see Portia on the show but not as part of a same sex couple. I'm sorry but there is nothing appealing about seeing 2 women or 2 men dancing together no matter what a people feel about homosexuality. So I am thankful she did turn it down if she was in fact offered this.
As for Bristol and her home. She earns money from speaking engagements so probably didn't need any money she earned of DWTS.
My top pick would be Kelly Ripa. But honestly, I don't need A list stars on the show. I just enjoy the process, the dancing, and the ca ostumes. For those of you complaining about the stars, the voting, etc. It's just a tv show that is suppose to be for entertainment not something that should carry the weight of a political office. It's a shame people don't pay more attention to politics as they do to a silly tv show.

February 26 2011 at 5:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
babasri

Oh I can just see her dancing to "witchy woman","season of the witch","bewitched bothered and bewildered","witch craft","how soon is now"."boston tea party",(insert your song titles here)........ the list is endless. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE .... DO IT

February 25 2011 at 11:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
john

I dont't care what she does as long as she doesn't run for senator in our fine state of Delaware again. For the matter I hope she doesn"t step foot in the fine state of Delaware again.It would be best suited that she return to the state she grew up in (new Jersey)maybe she can teem up with Snookie. Or the state she was born in Pennsylvania.

February 25 2011 at 8:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
zazayd

lynda carter is better sorry

February 25 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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