After a disappointing “all star” season of “Dancing With the Stars,” looks like ABC is trying to get the big names for the upcoming cycle, including trying lure political-themed contestants back on the show. However, one such name has already said no — Ann Romney has reportedly turned down an offer to appear on the dance competition reality show’s 16th season.
Romney, who guest-hosted ABC’s “Good Morning America” this past fall while husband Mitt was on the presidential campaign trail, was originally “very interested” in appearing on the competition series, according to TMZ, who first reported the story. Apparently, Ann — spotted backstage at last season’s finale — is a fan of the show.
But it wasn’t meant to be. “Ann Romney was approached, but she declined. She will not be appearing on 'Dancing with the Stars,’” a Romney spokesperson told TMZ.
Contacted for comment, a “DWTS” rep said that they do not comment on casting.
Former House majority leader Tom DeLay took on “DWTS” in the fall 2009 cycle, though he ultimately had to drop out due to injury. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, has done two rounds on the show — first in Season 11, in which she placed third, and then again on the “all star” season.