The announcement of the latest “Dancing with the Stars” cast always makes news and noise, and for good reason.
The reality show is a ratings mainstay for ABC. Audiences are curious to see which stars, and that term is often applied loosely, will be hoofing it on the show next.
The latest cast and their professional dancing partners for Season 26?
Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber
Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson
Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten
Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold
Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko
Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson
Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe
Johnny Damon with Emma Slater
Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess
This season focuses strictly on athletes, but the show typically blends them with (fading) stars and folks who are infamous for a reason or three. So here are our dream “Dancing” contestants, following closely to those rules.
He’s tall, the Left thinks he’s dreamy (although they didn’t during the 2016 presidential election) and he’ll be in the news for the foreseeable future. The former FBI director is out hawking his new book and engaging in Twitter fights with President Donald Trump. You want a newsmaker on the show? Comey is your top choice. And TMZ once caught him on the dance floor, so he’s got some experience.
When he’s not mending fences between North Korea and the U.S., this former hoops great is making news in other ways. He’s as unpredictable as any personality we’ve seen in recent years, and that doesn’t account for his odd hair color choices. It certainly helps that he’s an athlete, but adding Rodman to the show would be a game changer without any dancing prowess.
The irascible star has two Oscars to his credit, but lately he’s been MIA on the big screen. We think we know why. Many moviegoers are sick of his vitriol, an odd blend of anti-conservative blather and pure word salad. He’s also reliably prickly — remember his photog-punching heyday? He recently came out against “collaboration” on “The Late Show,” but chances are he wouldn’t mind cutting a rug with a lovely lady. What’s in it for the audience? Seeing Penn melt down if he gets a bad score.
He coined the term “winning” before a certain president. Charlie Sheen’s life is genetically engineered for the tabloids, but he’s talented enough to keep us watching his movies and TV shows. That didn’t apply to “9/11,” his 2017 belly flop. Mr. “Tiger Blood” himself would make the show a can’t miss event… even if chances are he won’t last the full season.