In just a few days — Tuesday, February 28, to be exact! — ABC will announce the cast for the 14th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. While various reality television fan sites have been speculating about the celebrities rumored to be hoofing it this spring, none have made mention of any daytime-connected stars who may be strapping on tap shoes for the upcoming installment. Soaps In Depth is hearing whispers from our DANCING connections that a face familiar to GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may very well be vying for that mirrorball trophy!
So who among the current GH cast do we think would make a great DANCING competitor? Naturally, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and his dimpled smile jumps to mind, as does GH veteran Anthony Geary (Luke). (How many Luke and Laura fans would tune in to see that?!?) Bruce Weitz (Anthony) had a prolific film and television career prior to joining the soap, making him a more mainstream choice, and Jason Thompson (Patrick) recently branched out to another ABC show with his guest appearance on CASTLE next Monday, so maybe DANCING is next on his To-Do list! Both Laura Wright (Carly) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) have revealed their desire to dance, so perhaps one of them will be getting their wish? There’s also the physically-fit Steve Burton (Jason) and Scott Reeves (Steve), who is also a musician.
Upon further investigation, another DANCING source indicates to In Depth that the contender is actually a star associated with GH — and not a member of the current cast. While Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) would be a great celebrity to appear on the show, his ABC pilot, NASHVILLE, will be filming during the time that the new season kicks off in March. Similarly, John Stamos (ex-Blackie) has a huge mainstream following, but he’s also currently tied to an upcoming pilot. Emma Samms (Holly) and her DYNASTY/THE COLBYS fan base would make her a popular choice, and lots of viewers would tune in to see singer Rick Springfield (Noah) do the tango. Since he is returning to GH this spring, ABC would be gaining a great cross-promotion opportunity by casting Springfield. There’s also Springfield’s ’80’s soap star/singer rival Jack Wagner (Frisco) to bear in mind. While its rumored that Wagner may be next on GH’s returning list, the end of his run on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has opened up a block of time in his schedule. Plus, B&B tapes on the same lot as DANCING, so he knows his way to the studio! The soon-to-depart Nathan Parsons (Ethan) is a trained dancer, and even performs with his dance troupe, BoomKat Dance Theatre, so he definitely has the skills to Cha-Cha across the floor and impress judge Bruno Tonioli. Our final guess is Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda), who has the beauty and grace to tackle the two-step, and the former LAS VEGAS and BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 star comes complete with a primetime pedigree behind her.
Who do you think will be on the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Let us know below! ABC will announce the new cast during GOOD MORNING AMERICA on Tuesday morning.