ABC stars interested in their own 'Dancing with the Stars' opportunities
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/22/2007
Whether it's because Dancing with the Stars makes two stepping look so easy or because of the spotlight it puts on celebrity participants, a few ABC stars apparently can't wait for their chance to strap on their dancing shoes.
"I'd do it in a heartbeat," The Bachelor host Chris Harrison toldThe New York Post in a Sunday report. "I'm a big fan and it seems like so much fun."
Dancing with the Stars' Monday night performance episodes serve as a lead-in to The Bachelor on ABC, scheduling that Harrison said could thwart his Dancing dreams before they even begin.
"They said it would be awkward if I was on a show that led into my own show," he told The Post.
Like Harrison, Disney's High School Musical star Corbin Bleu was recently a member of Dancing with the Stars studio audience, as he supported Disney's The Cheetah Girls actress Sabrina Bryan.
"I'd love to do this," Bleu told The Post. "I'd go out there and mambo."
But therein lies the problem, as Bleu might be too well-versed in dancing to participate in the competition.
"I don't know if they'd actually allow me to because I've trained in ballroom for two years and I know they don't want that," he told The Post. "The whole point is to show people learning to ballroom dance."
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition carpenter Paige Hemmis is also apparently itching to cut a rug.
"It's not if I do Dancing with the Stars. It's when," Hemmis told The Post. "The only reason I couldn't do [the currently airing fifth season] was that we're in the middle of our shooting schedule. But maybe by next spring, I'll be in the clear."