Tired but true
Dancing with the Stars new cast proves it's become a formula show
Dancing with the Stars unveiled its Season 10 lineup and the cast looks very similar to past seasons. But why should the show change?
I say, don't fix what isn't broken (Facebook, take note). Dancing with the Stars is essentially the same show every season - with celebrities being fit into nearly interchangeable slots.
This season, In the Soap Star/Hot Male category, we have Aiden Turner. With this move, they have single-handedly secured the daytime TV viewing audience.
The next category has featured characters like Tom DeLay and Cloris Leachman—let’s hear it for the Young at Heart! This year’s feature is astronaut Buzz Aldrin and I think he’ll definitely outclass the other two—at least he won’t run around the stage in a politically themed costume.
The Football Player slot goes to Twitter king Chad Ochocinco. Need I list previous players? If you’ve watched a season of Dancing with the Stars, you’ve seen a football player.
Not only is he an ice skater, he’s an Olympic Hero! In the footsteps of Kristi Yamagucci, here comes America’s beloved Evan Lysacek (Projected winner as far as I’m concerned).
ABC is in love with their Bachelors and Bachelorettes and given that Jake Pavelka can dance (though with what I saw, my money's still on on Evan), he’s a shoo-in for the show. The real question here is: How long will Vienna be in the audience?
A Mom and a Cable Star? Kate Gosselin is ABC’s dream come true. I predict lots of shots of her kids and tons of emotion. She overcomes and works through her divorce by dancing? Who knows, if Jake and Vienna break up, maybe she'll find love (Jake and Kate plus Eight...).
This season’s Mya is Nicole Scherzinger. She’s a Hot Singer/Dancer and the one who could give Evan a run for his money.
From Cable TV we have Niecy Nash. I think she is the only one that strays from the mold a little bit—she’s African American and not a singer—thank you ABC.
There’s only one thing ABC loves more than football players—Models! Bringing this year's male vote there's ... Pamela Anderson.
Straight from the '90s, we have 90210 and Charmed star, Shannen Doherty. Does she qualify as a '90s Teen Star or a Sitcom Witch? I'm not sure, but she and last season’s Melissa Joan Hart sure have a lot in common.
Finally, we have Erin Andrews. She doesn’t immediately fall into their standard typecasting, but then again, Playboy has voted her "America's Sexiest Sportscaster." She's the rare combination of ABC's model and football category. She also brings Oprah couch fame, having crossed over into the mainstream when her peeping tom stalking case reached far beyond the sports pages.
If there were more figures like Andrews, they'd be on the show immediately. That's what Dancing With The Stars does. Maybe the producers can make a new 'female sportscaster who has cried on Oprah' category.