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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sign up these celebs for next "Dancing with the Stars''

With Season 5 of "Dancing with the Stars'' all over but the speculating -- about whether champs Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough are or aren't (for the record, that kiss during his first "Banana Man'' routine seemed a little too unrestrained) -- here are some potential Season 6 contestants to consider:

The obligatory "90210'' star: It was "Dancing'' alum Ian Ziering who reportedly convinced Jennie Garth to sign up. So it only makes sense that Garth now talks Luke Perry into it. The potential for high drama would be much better with Shannen Doherty (Will she get mad at her partner and drop out? Will she get mad at the judges and drop one of them?), but she's basically divorced herself from the "90210'' gang now for years, so "Dancing'' would appear to be beneath her.

The sports figure: Former Packers wide receiver Desmond Howard. What better training for all that posturing and jumping around than striking the Heisman Trophy pose and doing the Lambeau Leap? And you've got to think crowd-pleasing figure skater Scott Hamilton has been on the to-get list for years.

The teen pop connection: No, not Miley Cyrus, If "Hannah Montana'' fans are nuts enough to spend $1,000 for a ticket to see her in concert, imagine what they would do to the voting lines? Plus, waaaay too many shots of Billy Ray Cyrus watching lovingly from the crowd. I'm going with a Jonas Brother, preferably the one who tripped and fell during the band's performance at the American Music Awards.

The big star: Kiefer Sutherland. With next season's "24'' a casualty of the writers' strike, Kief has nothing but time on his hands. There's good potential for a lot of rehearsal outtakes of him saying "damn it,'' just like Jack Bauer. Given his run-ins with hotel lobby Christmas trees and police officers in recent years, a rigourous training schedule might be just what Sutherland needs to stay out of trouble.

The Osmond: The show has reportedly already been courting Donny to follow in Maria's footsteps, but I'll pass on "Osmondmania'' the next time around, thanks. One Osmond forever wrecking the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up'' was enough.

The soap star: Suppose "General Hospital's'' Genie Francis and Anthony Geary would be asking for too much, huh? But can't you just see them doing the Viennese waltz to Christopher Cross' "Think of Laura''? OK, Susan Lucci it is.

The elder: William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Florence Henderson, Goldie Hawn.

The obvious: Patrick Swayze. Because what could possibly look better on the "Dirty Dancing'' star's resume than his role in "Roadhouse''? Dancing the Cha Cha in sequins on "Dancing with the Stars.''

-- Kendra Meinert,

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Luke Perry was the love of my life as an adolescent. But, even if he graced the stage of Dancing with the Stars next season, I don't think I could bring myself to watch. I do enjoy reading your posts about it, though!

By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 29, 2007 at 3:17 PM  

Never say never. Once in love with Dylan McKay, always in love with Dylan McKay!

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At November 29, 2007 at 3:50 PM  

If Henry Winkler were on and brought back those classic dance moves from "Happy Days" (and Weezer's "Buddy Holly" video), I'd totally sit through this show ...

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At November 29, 2007 at 4:35 PM  

In light of your recent Twin Peaks post, I think Leland Palmer would make an excellent contestant. Or, the little man in the red suit.

By Anonymous mary, At November 29, 2007 at 5:53 PM  

I want to see if Bo knows dancing for the obligatory sports contestant.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM  

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