RE: A-listers. Eh, I've been happy for the most part with who they get in the cast. Ricki Lake has long been on my wish list, and most of the people who have yet to do the show that I'd love to see wouldn't qualify as A-list. However, I still think back in their day, when their fame was at its peak, some of the celebs they've gotten wouldn't have ever taken part. Most people think doing this show is a way to recapture the fame that the celebs have fallen out of, or to make a name for themselves other than 'someone famous's child' or 'the ex of an A-lister'. I'm sure Chaz was cast more for his story than his parents anyway, but having the Cher connection probably doesn't hurt. Whether it'll do for him like it did for Bristol we'll see. I feel like I at least knew of Chaz without automatically connecting him to his parents. I'd rather see him than the likes of Paris Hilton or a reality star whose claim to fame is getting wasted and sleeping with a bunch of random people in one night. I think if there were A-listers, people would whine that their fan base would help them win regardless of how they dance, why are they stooping to the show, there were better choices, let someone who needs the show do it...I think every season people find something to complain about Last season was the lack of star power, but it was one of the most enjoyable seasons I've had in a long time. Sometimes celebs I've known nothing about I grew to love, and continue to follow them in their respective careers long after their DWTS stints. As much as people say the producers are scrapping the bottom of the barrel this season, I think they've been there before. It'll take more than a cast of C/D listers to kill the show.
The only thing that can really ruin a season for me is someone getting by based on their political/social interest leanings when they can't dance for crap, producer manipulation, ringers who are better than the pros, or an outcome that's made obvious by week 1. As much as I'm rooting for Ricki, I will be somewhat disappointed if Derek wins again. I know it's not supposed to be about the celeb, but if his fans on twitter are anything to go by, I think they forget that rule and that he even has a celeb. I wish the judges wouldn't be so OTT, overly critical over minor things when letting other couples get away with a lot more, and that the producers would stay out of the drama and showmances. But I'll keep watching
I agree Fanny Mare that I think the media and TPTB are blowing this up into epic proportions. I have no doubt there's controversy, but suddenly Carson gets dragged into it? I think there just making a bigger deal out of it with headlines, snippets of interviews, and will use that to try and drum up ratings and turn this into another Bristol rated season. However, I think there's a line they can cross with all this hype and controversial casting and doing anything for ratings. I know there going up against the X Factor (not on the same night, but overall ratings for the week), which I'm sure will blow the rest of the competition out of the water, at least for a few weeks. I think that's been a lot of hype in itself, but that's another topic. I wouldn't be surprised for the producers to throw in a few kinks if it means saving people they think will make better press, or planting fake stories in the press to drive watercooler buzz, or cause drama and showmances if they aren't already happening. Such a good cast on paper, but I don't trust TPTB not to ruin what could be a good season.
So it looks like for week 1, we're up to the cha cha for Kristin, Nancy, Elizabetta, Carson, Ron (not 100% confirmed), and VW for Hope, Ricki, Chyna, and Rob. I really hope that some stars make a big splash on the first night and cause a shake up with the fan bases. I'd love nothing more than tosee Maks, Anna, or Tony win this season. Not really counting on Tony, but I think Maks and Anna might have a good shot. Also, the dance troupe is returning with 3 original members (Oksana, Kiki, and Teddy), and 3 new members. One of them, I believe, is Val's pro partner from his days of competing.