You often hear a lot of stories about celebrities rejecting invitations to appear on “Dancing with the Stars,” but it’s not often that you hear about celebrities who are “desperate” to be on the show.
It had been long-rumored that the 27-year-old single mother would be a contestant on Season 16, but when the new cast was revealed Tuesday on “Good Morning America,” Maynard was not among the mix.
“She is angry,” an insider says of Maynard.
Another unnamed source claims the reality star “desperately wanted” to be on the show and “badly” wants to be back in the spotlight.
It wouldn’t have been a stretch for ABC to cast the “Bachelorette” babe on “DWTS.” The network has previously tapped alums from the “Bachelor” franchise — both Melissa Rycroft and Jake Pavelka have been contestants.
But it’s possible Maynard was trumped by another “Bachelor” star. There’s wild speculation that a secret 12th contestant may be added to this season’s “DWTS” cast, and rumor has it that it’s current “Bachelor” Sean Lowe. If true, he would be named once his “Bachelor” commitments end after the season finale.
Season 16 of “DWTS” premieres March 18, while Season 9 of “The Bachelorette” will premiere May 20 on ABC.