If ever there were a moment for a Chris Harrison crossover on Dancing with the Stars, this is it — according to Us Weekly, beleaguered Bachelorette-turned-Bachelor-in-Paradise star DeMario Jackson could be competing on the upcoming 25th season of DWTS.
Cue Chris Harrison saying, “It’s going to be the most dramatic season ev-er!”
“DeMario’s team is in touch with production for DWTS,” a source revealed to Us. “They are still in negotiations. No official papers have been signed. DWTS has shown interest in having him on as a contestant.”
Naturally, this raises a few salient questions. Like, for example, WTF does Jackson need a “team” for? And more pointedly, would his appearance on the popular, family-friendly dance competition create conflict?
An investigation by Warner Bros. into the alleged sexual assault incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise cleared Jackson of misconduct. This doesn’t mean he was cleared in the court of public opinion, though — especially since those doing the clearing were hired by ABC, who obviously produces BIP.
Fans of DWTS may understandably have a hard time seeing past Jackson’s highly publicized television mishaps, including getting kicked off of The Bachelorette by Rachel Lindsay for being a total two-timer.
However, Jackson may already be looking toward a Mirrorball-filled future. “I would murder ‘Despacito’ on that show. You people don’t understand. I’m, like, you know, a black, Latin salsa dancer,” he told TMZ last week.
He further noted that he would love it if the show tapped him as a contestant, which would give him the opportunity to “showcase a little bit of [his] dancing skills, also [his] personality and try to have some fun.”
We’ll all be waiting with bated breath to see how that goes.
In any case, Jackson may not be the most contentious character on what is shaping up to be one — cue Harrison again — seriously dramatic season. Last week, news broke that ABC is reportedly courting Sean Spicer, best known as the former White House press secretary under Donald Trump.
Given these casting calls, we honestly can’t wait to see what wacky choice ABC makes next.