Dancing With The Stars - Dancing With The Stars Boss Defends Cast Of Unknowns19 March 2012
Dancing With The Stars Boss Defends Cast Of Unknowns
When the line-up for the show was announced, the attention was on the names that people did recognize, such as the tennis champion Martina Navratilova, Melrose Place actor Jack Wagner, or the soul singer Gladys Knight. But with past contestants such as Bristol Palin and Chaz Bono having caused a real stir in the media, the potential for drama in this year's line-up looks seriously limited, despite Katz's insistence that the same remarks are made every year. Katz claims to have avoided the 'shock' contestants this year, on purpose, saying "It's great. There's buzz. But I don't want to start a fight before the season starts. I want to give really good people without the shock value. There's enough in this world."The fact remains, though, that fans of the show are faced with a cast of 'celebrity' dancers that they know very little about and will need to rely on the shows producers building a rapport between viewer and contestant. The Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins is one of the dancers who is little-known in the States and hoping that her involvement on the show will raise her profile across the pond. She shrugs off the problem of being an unknown though, confident that her fancy footwork will be enough to win her a few fans: "I totally didn't expect anyone to know me," she says. "It's exciting. I hope to impress them with my fox trot."
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