Jaleel White joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Will he ‘Do the Urkel’?

February 28, 2012

Jaleel White. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Soul singer Gladys Knight is probably the most surprising dancer announced Tuesday. The 67-year-old is joined by “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert, singer Gavin DeGraw, actor Jack Wagner and “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, as well as a few other names you may (or may not) recognize. See the full list here.

For this child-of-the-’90s writer, the most exciting startestant is Jaleel White, who is best known for playing Steve Urkel on “Family Matters.” The show was a staple of ABC’s TGIF lineup.

As I see it, White can handle an appearance on the show in two ways.

He might try to play down his role on “Family Matters” and stay away from anything that will connect him to the nerdy character. No one could blame White for trying to appear more like the suave Stefan Urquelle, rather than the bumbling Steve Urkel.

But I hope that he chooses door No. 2, embraces his Urkel roots, puts on a pair of suspenders and asks America, “Did I do that?” as he cha-chas with partner Kym Johnson, at least once.

Sadly, it appears that White has no intention to “Do the Urkel” one more time. He tweeted, “This ain’t no Urkel dance best believe! Nap time & rehearsal all day today #teamJaleel really? Wow. I’ll work as hard as u push me.”

Still, Twitter seems unable to stop making Urkel jokes.

If he can win over Laura Winslow, he’ll win this! RT @jessie_hoodrich jaleel white is going to be on ‘dancing with the stars’. #nojokeneeded

— Tony(@TheTone_Bone) February 28, 2012

Jaleel White is going to be on Dancing With The Stars.When the judges critique him, I hope he replies, “Did I do that?”

— Brian Saa (@briansaa) February 28, 2012

Jaleel White will be on “DWTS.” If he dances as Stefan Urquelle, you can shut it down right now & give him the trophy. bit.ly/xhPX76

— Warming Glow (@WarmingGlow) February 28, 2012

Casting News: Urkel will do ‘Dancing with The Stars.’ Cue the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” jokes. nym.ag/wnGDh6

— Vulture (@vulture) February 28, 2012

No Sweat My Pet Urkel a/k/a Jaleel White is my pick 4 winner of Dancing With The Stars, don’t watch it or care for it, but hey its Urkel

— John Q. Public (@sherlockhomz) February 28, 2012

If there is a God, Jaleel White will “Do the Urkel” on Dancing with the Stars next season: youtu.be/FnXEPXdB3-w

— Kevin Lim (@KevinLimOnAir) February 28, 2012

I’m sure Jaleel White loves that people are saying Steve Urkel is the one on Dancing With The Stars.

— Johnathan Fernandez (@JthanPrime) February 28, 2012

Which contestant will you be rooting for? Tell us in the comments.


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