ABC revealed the season 18 cast of Dancing with the Stars yesterday. The cast consists mostly of athletes, pop stars, and uber popular 90s sitcom stars. Then there's NeNe Leakes. Then there's a real [movie] star. Bloop.
New this season are Erin Andrews, who has replacedBrook Burke as Tom Bergeron's co-host, and the Switch Up twist. For the first time ever, the stars will dance with new pro partners – chosen by America's votes – at some point in the season.
Personally, I'm not excited about either addition, Erin or the twist that reeks of desperation, but oh well. Also – noTristan MacManus. Someone at ABC hates me. Anyway, check out the cast photos and bios below, as well as a few candid shots of NeNe and Tony.
So there are whisperings that Brooke Burke-Charvet'ssudden departure from Dancing With the Stars in favor of sportscaster Erin Andrews is due to ABC's desire to draw more male viewers to the competition show. Um, is Erin planning on being naked for the duration of the upcoming season? I really don't think there is another way to get young guys to watch a ballroom dancing competition that should have tapped its way off our small screens a while ago…and I still watch religiously!
Brooke, who co-hosted with Tom Bergeron for seven seasons, is reportedly "in shock" from being fired, but she's handling it like the classy champ she is. Bad move, DWTS. Bad move…although I do love some Erin.
NeNe Leakes is among the front-runners rumored to be appearing on the upcoming season. With her acting career stagnating and her Housewives career obviously too lowly for her, what else has she got going on?
The cast list is being kept secret until March 4, but sources tell E! News that NeNe, along with former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure, have already been cast for the 18th season, which will premiere March 17th.
Now that Kris Jenner is done with their marriage, Bruce is moving on to other things – and that includes branching out on his own!
"He's dying to do it," a source reveals to Us Weekly. "The show is close to locking him in." Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian both appeared on the show, although neither won. Perhaps Bruce can break the family curse?
The former wild child and self-proclaimed meatball was anything but a health nut when starring on the MTV hit. However, after giving birth to her first son, the pint-sized party girl became less about public drunkeness and more about being a good mom, getting fit, and building her brand. Now, Snooki is talking about her weight gain which occurred while competing on the show that is usually known for slimming down it's contestants.
I think we can pretty much credit MTV with the birth of reality television thanks to the explosion of The Real World, but it didn't stop there. Think about all of the families we watch on a weekly basis, from the Robertsons to the Kardashians to everyone in between. Where did the madness begin? Some may say with a ride on the crazy train courtesy of The Osbournes. Don't act like you didn't watch!
We saw Jack and Kelly Osbourne grow up on camera (although eldest daughter Amy didn't participate) with the always hilarious chirping busybody of a "mum" Sharon and bumbling, mumbling former death metal star Ozzy. And, of course, don't forget their tiny pooches! Now Kelly is a fashion consultant for E! and Jack is family man–how precious is his wife? (pictured with him and his parents above)–currently competing on Dancing with the Stars…but do they ever think about going back to the days of reality television's first family?
With the holiday weekend, our favorite reality TV stars were missing in action since not too many red carpet events were scheduled and the photographers probably took a vacation. As the week went on, the stars popped back up as the camera crews returned.
Above: Danielle Staub attends La Toya Jackson's first night performing in Newsical the Musical.