ABC made the announcement tonight about the 11 so-called celebrities heading to the dance floor this season via Dancing With The Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during The Bachelor. And it really looks as if the network scraped the bottom of the celebrity barrel. Many of those booked aren’t even household names. (Heck, I have no idea who most of them are!) They’re a boxer, a talk-show somebody, a Super Bowl Steeler, one of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriends, and a has-been comedic actress. Then again, it was going to be hard if not impossible for ABC to match last season’s stunt casting of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol. The Season 12 list is as follows:
“PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD
SUGAR RAY LEONARD
ROMEO (Percy Romeo Miller, Jr)
All are set to compete each week on the dance floor in the 2-hour season premiere on Monday, March 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week until the season finale on Tuesday, May 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).
EXCLUSIVE: Dancing with the Stars has given tube time to some former movie stars, but who knew the show would be so good at launching movie careers? Derek Hough, who as a regular dance partner has cut the rug with three winning contestants (Nicole Scherzinger, Brooke Burke and most recently Jennifer Grey) will star in Cobu 3D. The film will team him with BoA, a top recording artist and performer in Asia. Duane Adler, who wrote Save the Last Dance and Step Up, will direct his screenplay. The film will be produced by Robert Cort, who worked with Adler on Save the Last Dance. Korea’s CJ Entertainment and SM Entertainment will start principal photography in Toronto and New York this spring, while Hough is on hiatus from the show.
BoA and Hough will play dancers from different worlds whose Romeo & Juliet-like romance is threatened by the dangerous rivalry between their brothers’ competing dance clubs in Gotham’s underground scene. Cort is producing with Soo Man Lee, Eric Hetzel and Patricia Chun. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film, excluding the territories that CJ will take — South Korea, Japan and China. Sales will begin in Berlin. Hough’s sister Julianne, was also a regular dancer on Dancing with the Stars before she left after landing the female lead in Paramount’s remake of Footloose. Derek Hough actually made his name by starring … Read More »
This may be a new record for stunt casting: the 12 celebrities for Season 11, as announced tonight by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during Bachelor Pad, are: singers Michael Bolton and Brandy, comedienne Margaret Cho, NBC star/sports announcer/actor Rick Fox, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, Baywatch retiree David Hasselhoff, Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch Florence Henderson, Disney Channel sitcom star Kyle Massey, former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin’s unwed daughter/baby mama Bristol Palin, the least annoying castmember on The Hills Audrina Patridge, the most annoying castmember on Jersey Shore Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.