DWTS : Thoughts On The New Cast

For a while, Dancing with the Stars was the guiltiest of our pleasures. DWTS was a show we covertly raced home to watch so we could clandestinely tuck into all the sequin-studded, spray-tanned deliciousness without judgment.

Watching D-listers and favorite relics of our childhood (ie: The Holy Joey Trinity -- Joey Lawrence, Joey McIntyre, Joey Fatone) twirling and dipping and feigning eager excitement over glitter score paddles was just too delightful to pass up on the early days of Dancing with the Stars. And we're not even gonna lie, we totally have the hots for Derek Hough.

Dancing with the Stars

But in recent years, Dancing with the Stars has started to lose us.

We still love to watch Derek serve dancer fare and listen to the band perform their wedding reception versions of pop hits, but the show has lost its wonderful, genuine earnestness. We blame the producers' casting choices.

Last season, thanks to the inclusion of obvious ringer and eventual winner (which we called from day one), Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who learns choreography, dances and performs for a living, world's meanest mommy Kate Gosselin and creepy Bachelor sociopath Jake Pavelka, we stopped watching after a few episodes. Sure, seeing Nicole kill every routine was enjoyable, but we just couldn't handle Jake's forced, dead-eyed smiles or Kate's crocodile tears.

Now, with the release of this year's cast, we're afraid Dancing with the Stars' season pass just got deleted from our DVR.

Jennifer Grey

On the men's side, there's "adult contemporary" crooner Michael Bolton, The Hoff himself, David Hasselhoff, Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation," who will already be primed on the spray tan front so he'll feel right at home, Rick Fox, former LA Laker and current beau of Eliza Dushku, Kurt Warner, the recently retired 2000 Super Bowl MVP with the St Louis Rams, and Kyle Massey, former That's So Raven star turned Disney "rapper."

The women competing are Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, comedienne Margaret Cho, singer Brandy, Bristol Palin (can someone explain how the hell she got the title of "star?"), The Hills starlet Audrina Patridge and, finally, the single, solitary reason we might actually force ourselves to watch a few episodes, Jennifer Grey -- star of our favorite movie of all time, Dirty Dancing.

Our heart breaks at the knowledge that Patrick Swayze was a huge fan of DWTS and would surely have made an appearance with Jennifer Grey, had he not passed away last year.

Between Jersey Shore and The Hills, it's obvious DWTS is vying for a younger demographic, but this season's cast is so chock full of repellent characters (a Palin? Seriously? A Palin!), even with Jennifer Grey, we can't bring ourselves to sit through the season; though we're seriously hoping Grey wins.

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Comments on "Dancing with the Stars Season 11: Jennifer Grey, Florence Henderson and Kurt Warner?"

Debbie October 11, 2010 | 6:51 PM

Just finished watching Bristol Palin!!! Can anyone say "YUK"! It was HORRIBLE. Go HOME Bristol and STAY there!!!!

Katey October 11, 2010 | 5:43 PM

I'm really rooting for Florence this season. She seems to be enjoying herself, and even has her own Hoodiebuddie (a hoodie with built-in headphones) line because of Dancing With the Stars. Team Florky!

debbie fair October 11, 2010 | 4:43 PM

Jennifer you are the best....I am voting for you and your partner.....Bristol you need to go back to Alaska and dance with the Seals...lol Not impressed with you at all and I am sure America WILL feel the same....sorry but that what I see

mary priuncr October 11, 2010 | 3:50 PM

Jennifer Grey went throught the same thing i did. I had thyroid cancer then after 22 yrs Iwashaving problems with thne other side. I had the scan that came back inconclusive. then the biosope. the same results. the gland was removed. same conclusion. still don't know why the gland was removed.

marilynn October 11, 2010 | 3:37 PM

since evan lysak was ripped off from winning dancing last season the show has gone down hill.

Cindy September 03, 2010 | 1:21 PM

I have to admit that I have only seen maybe a snippet here and there of Dancing with the Stars. Reality TV just is not my thing. I do like Jennifer Grey and find it interesting to ponder what it would be like to watch her dance with someone other than Patrick Swayze. Sorry, can't imagine it.

Tomeka Kulu September 03, 2010 | 11:50 AM

I love reality t.v. but i have never watched a full season of dancing with the stars.

Michelle September 02, 2010 | 7:13 PM

I have enjoyed this show in years past, put with this cast I will not watch it this season. What were they thinking?????

Anne September 02, 2010 | 12:08 AM

Dancing with the Stars has been a favorite of mine. I do enjoy the Jersy Show as well. But, Reality TV is starting to feel contrived to me. I'd like to start seeing a more creative selection of sitcoms.

mturk September 01, 2010 | 12:00 AM

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mturk September 01, 2010 | 12:00 AM

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mturk August 31, 2010 | 11:59 PM

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