'Dancing With the Stars': Who Turned Down the Show, and Who Was Rejected

The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog scored a juicy interview with a source close to the casting of Dancing With the Stars. The source revealed which celebrities passed on the current season of the reality competition series, which will feature the likes of Bristol Palin, Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and Florence Henderson:

The network approached Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to join the dance card for the show's 11th cycle but was unable to secure him. The network also lobbied unsuccessfully for Sylvester Stallone, political commentator Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the real Erin Brockovich, billionaire Richard Branson, comic actor Tim Allen and former TV darling Suzanne Somers.

Others who have taken a pass: Reality star Kirstie Alley, "Community" star Joel McHale and "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey.

Perhaps more surprising is the celebrity who keeps lobbying to be cast on the show, but is consistently denied the chance to cha-cha:

"Melanie Griffith tries to get on every season," the source said.

As a former Oscar-winner who took on the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, one would think Griffith would be a huge draw for the DWTS crowd—especially given the possibility of husband Antonio Banderas making guest appearances in the ballroom. 

Finally, apropos of nothing/everything, here is former R&B star Macy Gray in an oddly mesmerizing, wholly dreadful, completely classic Dancing With the Stars performance:



Read the full story at Live Feed.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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