With anticipation of tonight's big announcement of Dancing with the Stars new cast, regulars Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and new host Brooke Burke, walked the Entertainment Tonight Emmy after-party red carpet last night to promote Season 12 of their hit reality show.
Burke, a former winner, admitted "all the rumors seem to be true" regarding the new cast. Most notably, there has been a huge buzz surrounding DWTS' most controversial rumored cast member, Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. When asked why the show's producers are interested in Sorrentino, Burke pondered, "I think last season kind of proved reality shows and tabloids play a big part of it. Casting is a big part of the success of the show. Everybody seems to be talking more about The Situation than anybody else. I guess it makes sense."
In addition to "The Situation" rumors, Kirstie Alley's name has also been popping up in discussion. Recognizing Alley's constant weight struggles, Burke encouraged Alley to sign up because "it would be the best opportunity to get into shape, and it's the best diet ever." Chmerkovskiy told TV Guide Magazine he does not care who his new partner is as long as it's "somebody young, fit, athletic, and really nice."