‘DWTS’ Pro Chelsie Hightower Addresses Season 13 Casting Rumors

'SYTYCD' Contestant Marko Germar and 'DWTS' Chelsie Hightower perform a Samba to "Cinema Italiano" (Photo: Fox)

'SYTYCD' Contestant Marko Germar and 'DWTS' Chelsie Hightower perform a Samba to "Cinema Italiano" (Photo: Fox)

The rumors are rolling in for Season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars” with such celebrities rumored to be in the mix as “Jersey Shore” pint-size powerhouse Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, two Kardashians (Robert and Khloe), Ricki Lake, Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Jonas, “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert, Queen Latifah, Donnie Wahlberg, Disney’s Bridget Mendler, talk-show host Regis Philbin, Mike Tyson, Christina Milian, Dina Lohan and Melissa Gilbert.

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While that sounds like a cast already, ABC won’t announce the official lineup until later this summer, most likely Aug. 29. That doesn’t stop some of the show’s pros from trying to figure out with whom they may tango with – and which of the pros will be returning.

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“We don’t find out if we’re back until August,” Chelsie Hightower told XfinityTV.com backstage Wednesday night after her all-star dance with Marko on “So You Think You Can Dance.” “But, I’ve heard the names and they sound pretty good.”

One name in particular, the not-so-hard-on-the-eyes Robert Kardashian, stood out to Hightower the most. “Yeah, I would love to dance with Robert. Sure. I think we would be good together,” she blushed.

As for the most controversial name on the list, that would be Snooki, Hightower had this to say: “You kind of gotta have that. Imagine a season that was just boring with people everyone likes. You need something that is controversial that people will talk about, that people will tune in just to see what happens, whether they like her or not. You have to have something that either people love or [laughs] love to [laughs] hate. Oohh, that was harsh.”

No, it wasn’t. As for Hightower, the “SYTYCD” alum popped up on another episode of the Fox dance show (she competed but didn’t win in Season 4 of that show), and said, “My ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contract only allows me one. But it was a pleasure and amazing to be back.”

Her favorites? You guessed it, Melanie and Marko.

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 13 kicks off on Sept. 19 on ABC with a two-hour premiere.

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