Nancy Grace: Whew! That rumor floored me. She has a Monday-Friday show on HNL that gets good ratings. Having worked for that network, it's hard see that CNN would let her have a substitute anchor for at least 2 days a week and probably do her show from LA for the rest of the week. CNN may be trying to make her more likeable, after Casey Anthony's lawyers trounced her in the press. And, she'd definitely bring her 4-yo twins to LA. But, she does have VERY FERVENT fans, so ABC may be hoping for their votes.
Hope Solo: Think she'll be better than she's telling the press. The athletes adapt well to dancing. Hope & Maks (as the "tall drinks of water") will be a good pairing.
Elisabetta Canalis: Isn't she also a Presenter for MTV in Italy? If so, that makes her the triple-threat of a model, TV hostess and actress. (I always wanted to be the triple threat of Journalist, Detective, Super Model. ) But her English is not strong so interviewing could be a challenge. She's also very tall -- would they put her with the shorter Derek? (I could actually see her better with Val. And, romance to follow ...)
Henry Winkler is THE NICEST MAN ON TV. Hope he's in the cast.
One of my friends introduced me to Mark Ballas in April. Maybe it was due to Jason's friendship with Mark, but Mark was very congenial. (Timing was also when Mark & Pia had been dating for about a month, so he was in a happy mood ...)