It’s that time of year for rumors, speculation, and, well, wildly off-the-wall name-dropping as the gossip mill churns out the celebrity names allegedly attached to “Dancing with the Stars” as we close in on the official Season 12 cast announcement on Feb. 28.
Each season’s cast list usually follows the same formula: There’s the athlete, the Olympian, the singer, the older person, the reality star, the model/hottie, the has-been in need of a comeback, the “can’t believe she said yes” gal, a soap star, more recently, politicians (or their spawn) have swept in, and, of course, the non-celebrity celebrity.
So, who is the buzz circling around so far? These are the names floating around in cyberspace:
~The Athlete: NFL star Brett Favre, who just came off a sex scandal. However, if you believe the quarterback’s daughter Brittany, she says “No to DWTS rumors” on her Twitter page.
~The Older Person: 75-year-old actress and 1955’s Miss America Lee Meriweather
~The Reality Star: Shockingly, there isn’t a reality star rumor out there, so I’m going to throw out this one to the “DWTS” producers: hated reality star Scott Disick, baby daddy to Kourtney Kardashian, and the biggest reason to tune into “Keeping up with the Kardashians” or “Kourtney & Kim Take New York.”
~The Celeb-in-Need-of-a-Comeback: Troubled actress Mischa Barton of “The O.C.” and down-on-her-luck singer/actress Ashlee Simpson, co-star of the canceled “Melrose Place” remake and soon-to-be divorcee.
~The Heartthrob: Lorenzo Lamas, 53, best known for, uh, “Falcon Crest?” “Renegade?” ABC’s short-lived reality show “Are You Hot?” or the reality dud, “Leave It to Lamas”
~The Hottie: Kendra Wilkinson, former Playboy Playmate, NFL wife, and star of the E! reality show “Kendra“
~The Ex-Child Star: Grown-up “Full House” kid (and former drug addict) Jodie Sweetin
~The “Can’t Believe She Would Say Yes” Entry: Drama magnet Lindsay Lohan
~The Politician: Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party cutie who tried hard to convince people she was not, she repeats, not formerly a witch.
~The Non-Celebrity Celebrity: Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife and recovering drug addict
ABC will announce the cast during “The Bachelor” on Feb. 28 and Season 12 of “DWTS” kicks off March 21 at 8 p.m. Until then….