Dancing Queen Julianne Hough to Sing on Stars

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Audiences may be used to seeing Dancing pro Julianne Hough showing off her fancy footwork in flashy costumes, but now the blonde beauty will be adding singing to her DWTS job description. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, "Julianne will come back on the show, and she's going to be able to sing," says Kim DelGrosso, creative director of Orem's Center Stage dance studio where many of ABC's professional dancers from for the series have come from. The 19-year-old, who released her first self-titled country album earlier this year, had told The Salt Lake Tribune she didn't expect to return to Dancing With the Stars because she wanted to focus on her singing career, but sources say she's still under contract. The new season will premiere September 24th. Are you excited to see Hough return as a double threat? — Gina DiNunno read more

Will the Caped Crusader Soar onto Dancing?

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Holy Dancing with the Stars, rumor, Batman!Page Six reports that the latest contestant rumored to grace the parquet on the upcoming season of Dancing is Adam West. The star of the 1960s Batman series and current voice on the animated hit Family Guy is pushing 80, but sources say he's "in outstanding shape" and ready to dance.The official cast lineup won't be made until Aug. 25, but a rep for West said he is "one of the people they are seriously looking at."Would you like to see the former Caped Crusader bring his Bat-moves to the dance floor? — Adam Bryant read more

No Dancing for Denise Richards

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One reality show is enough for Denise Richards.Contrary to rumors, the former Mrs. Charlie Sheen is not going to be kicking up her heels on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, Access Hollywood reports."No, I am not doing Dancing With the Stars," Richards told the program, adding that she is a big fan of the ABC hit. "I love the show. That is my popcorn night with my girls," she said. "I love to watch the dancing, the girls love looking at the dresses."The 37-year-old has her hands full with her own series, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, whose future is looking bright for a second season renewal."We're having great conversations about Season 2," Richards said.As for the DWTS cast, there have been tons of whispers of recruits — featuring everyone from Lance Bass to NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino — but ABC isn't talking until the official reveal on Good Morning America on Aug. 25. — Joyce Eng read more

NFL Vet Dan Marino Sacks Dancing Rumor

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And another (rumored) one bites the dust. Hall of Famer and former Dolphins QB Dan Marino, who made a tabloid's list of alleged Dancing with the Stars Season 7 cast members, will not be tackling the parquet. "[Marino would go] chipping and putting with [the stars,] maybe. But not dancing with them," a spokesperson for the Dolphins organization tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.The Dancing team actually has been angling to draft Marino "every year, from the inception of the show," says Marino's manager, "and he's never done it. It's not a time commitment he's willing to make." The actual legit Dancing with the Stars celeb cast will be revealed Aug. 25, on ABC's Good Morning America. — Matt Mitovich read more

No Gay Dancing Partner for Lance?

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It's still not certain whether Lance Bass will be taking a turn around the Dancing with the Stars ballroom this season — but if he does, it probably won't be with another man.Two-time pro champ Cheryl Burke, at least, thinks a same-sex Dancing pair is none too likely, according to E! "I don't think that would happen," Burke said. "I don't think America is ready to watch two men dancing."Bass would be only the latest boy bander to don Dancing shoes — fellow 'N Sync star Joey Fatone came in second place in Season 4, and Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees took home the disco-ball trophy in the show's second season. But Bass would be the first to do so with a fellow fella.What do you say — is America "ready to watch two men dancing"? Are you? — Nina Hämmerling SmithRelated:• Dancing with the Stars Season 7 Cast to Be Revealed• VIDEO: Dancing Pros Discuss Same-Sex Pairing • Dancing with the Stars to Tango with Gay Twist? read more

Dancing with the Stars Season 7 Cast to Be Revealed

Who will be Dancing with the Stars this time around? The Season 7 roster — which is 13 names long, a first for the show — includes a newly minted Olympic gold medalist, a soap-opera icon and reality television's shapeliest star. Also making the cut are DWTS' youngest and oldest celeb contenders ever.As revealed on Monday's Good Morning America, the official line-up is as follows:• Lance Bass (formerly of *NSYNC and a trained cosmonaut) is paired with Lacey Schwimmer (a onetime So You Think You Can Dance finalist and the 2007 World Swing Dance champ)• Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is paired with Karina Smirnoff• Team USA beach volleyball queen Misty May-Treanor is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy (who was absent last cycle but is now returning for his fifth season)• Track star/former "World's Fastest Man" Maurice Greene is paired with Cheryl Burke• Grammy-winning recording artist Toni Braxton is paired with Alec Mazo• Reality TV star Kim Kardas... read more

Kathy Griffin, Dan Quayle Turn Down Dancing Invites

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ABC's Dancing with the Stars at the very least is trying to amp up the drama for the coming season by courting some colorful and/or unexpected celebs. Securing the big "Yes," though, is the hard part."I have a hard offer for Dancing with the Stars," raucous redhead and proud D-Lister Kathy Griffin tells TV's Extra. But when asked if she plans to accept ABC's invite, she says, "No! I can't even touch my toes!" Similarly, a spokesperson for former U.S. vice president Dan Quayle tells A HREF=", "There was contact [made]" and "there was interest in having him be on the show," but at the end of the day the Indianapolis native said noe. Er, no. "I can tell you that he is not doing the show," says the rep.What's your take? Would you have liked to see Kathy spice up the new Dancing season? Or is she simply too polarizing a personality? And how fun could Quayle have been?! — Matt MitovichPOLL: Lance Bas... read more

Dancing Alum Marissa Jaret Winokur Welcomes Son

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Marissa Jaret Winokur, the peppy Energizer bunny of last season's Dancing with the Stars, welcomed the birth of a son on Tuesday. According to ET, Zev Isaac Miller was delivered via surrogate, weighing in at 8 lbs., 7 oz.Winokur this past April inked a deal to front a new daytime talker for Sony Pictures Television, to premiere in fall 2009. Her Husband, comedy writer Judah Miller, recently netted an Emmy nod for his work on King of the Hill. — Matt MitovichRelated:• Winokur the Latest to Dance into Talk-show Gig • Backstage Report: Derek's Setback, Lots of Baby Talk • Dancing's Winokur to Have a Tiny Dancer of Her Own read more

Kim Kardashian to Go Dancing with the Stars?

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Will celeb hanger-on turned reality star Kim Kardashian shake what the good lord gave her on the coming season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars? That's the buzz from the New York Daily News. According to gossip columnists Rush & Malloy, Dancing champ Helio Castroneves was overheard at the ESPY Awards saying that Kim will be among the celebrity hoofers when the reality competition returns Sept. 22. What's your take on the talk? Is K-Kard someone you desire to see bedecked in skimpy sequins? — Matt Mitovich read more

VIDEO: Will Stacy Keibler Kick Samurai Girl's Butt?

Dancing with the Stars alumna and former pro wrassler Stacy Keibler previews her new gig on ABC Family's Samurai Girl, in which she will go toe-to-toe with the titular teen. (can you imagine the roundhouse kicks she can do with 42-inch stems?!) Plus: Stacy's fond DWTS memories and hopes for more drama this coming season. read more

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