When it comes to casting celebrities on “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC knows how to stir things up (Bristol Palin, Cloris Leachman, a “Jersey Shore” guido, etc.) but this season they may outdo themselves.
The new season’s celebrity line-up will be announced tonight during ABC’s telecast of “Bachelor Pad,” and as of early Monday, “DWTS” fan sites are reportedly leaking the final cast list. The most unexpected name dropped in this version? TV personality Nancy Grace.
It’s also expected to be revealed that Chaz Bono is among the cast.
According to multiple reports, Bono will be hitting the dance floor for Season 13 — and the transgender son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono will have a female professional dancer for a partner, says TMZ. What would “DWTS” fans think of that?
While the show has featured gay contestants — in 2008, ‘NSYNC member Lance Bass was the first openly gay competitor and paired with Lacey Schwimmer — Bono, whose transition from Chastity to Chaz was featured in the documentary “Becoming Chaz,” would be the first transgender contestant to appear on the show. (And the second to appear on TV this fall — “America’s Next Top Model” features transgendered model Isis in this all-star season).
Other celebrities reportedly on the leaked list include Ryan O’Neal, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”), Kristin Cavallari (“The Hills”), Ricki Lake, Elisabetta Canalis (George Clooney’s ex), Chynna Phillips, NBA star Ron Artest, J.R. Martinez and soccer player Hope Solo. Rumors also recently surrounded Kim Richards (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) and Tiffani Thiessen (“Saved by the Bell”).
As for the returning pros, it’s been previously reported that Derek Hough is back this season, as well as Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Lacey Schwimmer and Anna Trebunskaya.
All will be revealed tonight on ABC.