How will they find another Kate? There is no other Kate in the news right now. Even Lindsay Lohan. She doesn't target the same demographic.

Oh give over.

See what a little ratings boost will do for a show’s ego?

“Dancing with the Stars” is now announcing its Fall 2010 cast in a “LIVE” press conference — complete with real reporters and everything — during the August 30 episode of “Bachelor Pad.”

So now a bunch of media types are going to have to suffer through “Bachelor Pad” before getting to the big name-dropping event. (Maybe Wes Hayden will still be around and kind enough to play “Love Don’t Come Easy” as the opening act.)

As Tom Bergeron helpfully tweeted to a fan: @DWTSGossip Don’t know much about how the “press conference” will go, other than that Helen Thomas won’t be at that one, either.

So are they doing this because they think they have a hot sh*t cast or just because doing “LIVE” broadcasts is what DWTS loves and it will make the announcement more of an event?

If they don’t have amazing names to throw down it’s going to be a big disappointment/embarrassment.

The New York Times, which really shouldn’t give a crap, said “There will even be a question-and-answer session with the new cast members, although that part of the press conference may not be televised live on ABC, a network spokeswoman said. The announcement event will be presented in its entirety the next day on”

“The announcement event.”

I ask you.


Here’s the official press release from ABC:

For the first time in “Dancing with the Stars” history, the new celebrity cast will be revealed at a LIVE press conference. “Dancing with the Stars” co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke will reveal the cast during an episode of “Bachelor Pad,” MONDAY, AUGUST 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.

Immediately following each cast member’s live primetime unveiling, will post the updated list online. will also post the press conference, in its entirety, the following day. The Fall 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres MONDAY, SEPT. 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET).

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.  Also returning this season is “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” featuring some of the best choreographers and performers from different styles of dance and offering viewers performances that represent the peak of achievement in their genres, including fan favorite “Design-A-Dance,” in which viewers can vote and select the elements of the performance, from who is dancing to the style of ballroom to the music.

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast.


I’m worried. What if BOTH Julianne and Derek Hough blow off Season 11? I need my Hottie Houghs on DWTS! Derek has Cheryl Cole and her post-malaria plans and Julianne has (shudder) whatever she’s doing with Ryan Seacrest. They may be past the show at this point.

I just checked the Season 11 Wikipedia page and they have this list: “rumored contestants include Betty White, Ryan Seacrest, Betty Buckley, David Hasslehoff, Hilary Duff, Raquel Welch, Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Teresa Giudice. All have reportedly expressed interest in doing the show.”

What about Tony Blair? Or Fergie (the Sarah Ferguson Fergie)? I feel like they had 100 other names floating out there too. But if Ryan Seacrest does do the show I guess that would be the Julianne tie. Would he really do that? “American Idol” tapes in the studio across the hall, so there’s no commute. Not that “American Idol” airs during the Fall 2010 DWTS season.

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