An insider source at ABC has revealed that the network was hoping to see Sylvester Stallone & Condoleezza Rice DWTS appearances this season, but got the rejection from both. The show, which lives and dies by the popularity of its contestants, has allegedly been rejected by many more celebrities over the years. Get all the details, with pictures and video below!
On top of the two previously mentioned, ABC apparently also approached Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, political commentator Ann Coulter, famous lawyer Erin Brockovich, as well as Tim Allen and Suzanne Somers. All have failed to accept the honor, despite the $125,000 for signing up, and additional $10,000 to $50,000 per episode depending on how far the season progresses.
“We’ve approached a lot of people over the years,” the show’s executive producer Conrad Green told The Hollywood Reporter. “People say no for a variety of reasons. Some people like the show but think they suck at dancing. It’s a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes.”
Whether it’s potential embarrassment or some of the injuries sustained in previous seasons that lead to Sylvester Stallone & Condoleezza Rice’s DWTS rejection, there’s no doubt ABC will continue its pursuit of these ‘dream team’ celebrities for upcoming seasons.
Audrina Patridge, appearing on the upcoming season 11, says she accepted the offer in order to overcome her public performance fears.
“This show is a different kind of reality show,” said former “Hills” star Audrina Patridge, who is on the show next season. “It is much more challenging. I can’t wait for the audience to see a different side of me as I overcome my fears of being in front of a live audience.”
With seemingly endless options when it comes to inviting performers, the Sly pick is an easy one to understand. With his new box office smash-hit “The Expendables,” and an image of a hulky yet uncoordinated action star, audiences would be dying to tune in to see how he sambas. But the pursuit of the former Secretary of State is a little more obscure. Perhaps the ever evolving ABC show was looking to draw a political crowd?
“Every season you move things forward,” Green said. “When we first started, there weren’t many reality shows, now there are a billion of them. Everyone interesting to watch has either had a reality show or been approached for one. Those are the people buzzed about, and they are the same people that will make our show compelling to watch.”
What do you think of a potential Sylvester Stallone or Condoleezza Rice DWTS performance? The show’s producers are always looking for that ‘buzz’ personality to boost ratings. Who would you want to see dance in front of millions? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and video below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/JDH, PNP, Judy Eddy, Carrie Devorah