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Dancing With the Stars:  So Much For the A-Lister Idea

by Ilana Angel

August 29, 2011 | 9:54 pm

The latest cast of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed and it’s not great.  I love this show and always look forward to hearing who is going to give it a try, but this cast is hilarious if you consider all the hoopla they talked about in getting A-listers.

There is not an A-lister in the bunch, but it does not matter.  We watch the ones we love with excitement, and like to make fun of the ones who we think are lame, and there will be a lot to make fun of this season. That is the glory of Dancing With The Stars.

Ron Artest:  This is going to be the wild card of the show and by wild card of course I mean the most entertaining.  We love Ron here in LA and I know he will make tuning in worthwhile.

David Arquette:  I want him to do well, and he is the guy I am most pulling for.  I hope it’s fun for him and that he gets joy out of it.  He seems sweet and a little lost and I want him to be good.

Chaz Bono:  This one is interesting.  This is a brave and thoughtful man and I hope he is respected and not seen as a freak show. Good for him and I hope he does well and gets healthy.

Elisabetta Canalis:  Dear Lord.  This only would have made sense if she were still dating my boyfriend George and there was a shot in hell that he might come to watch her.  She is not a star.

Kristin Cavallari:  Oh. My. God.  I don’t get why this chick is famous.  She should marry Rob Kardashian and get lost.  I want her to sprain her ankle and not even make it to the first show.

Nancy Grace:  I love her and it will be interesting to see how she looks in a ball gown with such big balls.  I think she is lovely, but hard-core, and I hope she stays true to that on the show.

Rob Kardashian:  Are they kidding?  I am starting to pray right now that he is the first one voted off.  I am over the Kardashian clan and the only one that would have been interesting is Khloe.

Carson Kressley:  I am a fan of this guy.  He is funny and charming and I want very much for him to do well.  He will be entertaining so twinkle toes or not, he will get some votes from me.

Ricki Lake:  She is arguable the only real “star” of the bunch and I like her. She danced her ass off in hairspray and I hope she kills it.  She is likeable and a mom, so good for her.  Go Ricki.

J.R. Martinez:  He is a fan favorite before he steps foot on the dance floor. He is a hero and every vote for him is a vote for America and that is a powerful thing.  I’m happy here’s on the show.

Chynna Phillips:  She was famous a long time ago, for a short time, and I figure she begged to be on the show, rather than them reaching out to her.  Good for her I guess.  She will go fast.

Hope Solo:  She is an amazing athlete and I get why she is here.  Maybe this can help people remember her for being a good dancer not the girl that sank the dreams of women’s soccer.

The best part of this show each season is Tom Bergeron and I look forward to seeing him.  He is the best live host on television and this show cannot end before he wins an Emmy for it.

It will be a great season even though the cast is more lame than fame.  I will be watching, blogging, loving, and hating.  Season 13 of DWTS will be addictive, and I will be keeping it real.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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