It’s that time of year again. ABC is hunting for the next batch of celebrities to take on the dance floor on season 23 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ — and with the Rio Olympics causing headlines left and right, it’s no surprise the network wants the talented athletes to take on the ballroom.
“Dancing with the Stars producers have asked Ryan [Lochte] before in years past and always got a ‘No,'” a show insider told HollywoodLife.com exclusively — but this year it was different and it actually looked “like it was going to happen this season.” However, after the drama around his robbery going down in Rio, that all chanced. “The controversy happened in Rio and they have taken the offer off the table,” our source added.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t see any Olympians on the dance floor. The ABC show is actually “looking to offer both Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles the chance to be on the show,” our source says, adding they’d love both, but of course would be happy with either. They’ve also had an eye on Michael Phelps, but that one may be tougher.
“He was recently asked [to compete in] the upcoming season,” as well as past seasons, our sources say but he decided against it. “He wants his legacy to be in the pool and not on the dance floor.” Well, that’s understandable!
We’re hearing that many decisions on casting will be made this week, but as usual, ABC does not comment on casting rumors. The contracts are usually signed the weekend before the announcement on air is made. “The same thing has happened this season and there are a few spots still to be filled.”
HollywoodLifers, would you still want to see Ryan on Dancing with the Stars?