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Ron Artest, Nancy Grace, and Rob Kardashian may be set to join the 13th season of ABC’s hit show “Dancing With the Stars” this September.
With the season premiere less than a month away, rumors already started circulating about which stars will soon dazzle their way onstage and into the hearts of many Americans.
Most recently, DWTSGossip dropped a few names on its Twitter, revealing a dozen A-listers from hit reality shows to big name sports teams.
Kristin Cavallari, most notable for her role in MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” was one big reality name, while Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of the “Jersey Shore” was also mentioned.
Other potential candidates included: controversial television host Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake, Chynna Phillips, Hope Solo, Elizabeth Canalis, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Ryan O’Neal, J.R. Martinez, and Chaz Bono.
Not denying the rumors, Team USA goalie Hope Solo, when asked if she was doing DWTS on “The Dan Patrick Show,” revealed, “We will not know until next week until they make their announcement.”
Hines Ward, the winner of last season’s DWTS, leaked a few names of his own while talking with WCNN. Ward had heard rumors that Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade and Los Angeles Lakers Ron Artest were a few possibilities, although Artest denied the rumors to the Orange County Register.
There was also rumor that singer and actress Queen Latifah might be on the show as well, but she tweeted, “No truth to the rumors of me doing Dancing With The Stars. Love the show though so I’ll be watching just like you!”
Responding to the leaks, an ABC show representative told The Christian Post, “We don’t comment on rumors.”
The rep also affirmed that the official announcement of the celebrity cast would be aired live tonight on ABC during the “Bachelor Pad,” which is broadcast on Mondays at 8/7 central.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke will announce the 13th season’s all-star line-up, as they have done previously in the past.
The show is set for a two-hour premiere on Monday, September 19, where viewers can finally meet the cast and lay aside all of the rumors.
Following the premiere on Tuesday, September 20, there will be two hours of original programming beginning with “Dancing With the Stars: Meet the Cast” and “Dancing With the Stars the Results Show.”
Last season, more than 22 million people tuned in to ABC to watch the premiere of the hit dance show, which starred celebs like Kirstie Alley and Romeo.
“Dancing With the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing,” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.
Celebs perform choreographed dance routines with their professional dance partners, which are judged by Ballroom judge Len Goodman and choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Additionally, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, and Kym Johnson are also set to return this season after a brief hiatus as the professional dance partners, according to the Hollywood Reporter.