3/4/14 UPDATE: We can confirm today that NeNe Leakes will, indeed, be joining the Season 18 cast of Dancing With The Stars! Her partner will be Tony Dovolani. She’ll be facing some stiff competition! Here’s the complete cast list:
• Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
• Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
• Swimmer Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov
• Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
• Pop star Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
• The Price is Right host Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke
• Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
• Para-snowboarder Amy Purdy (who lost both her legs after contracting menigitis) & Derek Hough
• Former NHL player Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff
• Singer/actor Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater
• Big Time Rush band member/actor James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
Everyone’s favorite non-Bravo guilty pleasure, Dancing With The Stars, is gearing up to kick off its 18th season soon and it looks like another Housewife is ready to lace up her dancing shoes! Last season, Lisa Vanderpump shattered the DWTS Housewives glass ceiling and this season Bravo’s highest paid Housewife may be picking up where she left off. According to multiple sources, NeNe Leakes is
headlining joining the Season 18 cast, set to be announced next week.
NeNe took to Twitter in recent days sharing possible hints at confirmation of her new gig:
OMG! I have so many great things working I can’t wait 2 tell u guys abt.
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) February 26, 2014
Had an amazing day 2day! Did something I have never done. I can’t wait 2 share it with u.
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) February 25, 2014
So, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that NeNe’s name will be among the celeb competitors for the coveted Mirror Ball. Other names we’re hearing for the DWTS 2014 lineup include former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure, football quarterback Tim Tebow, former Olympian Bruce Jenner, Sharon Osbourne, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Dan Cortese, Cody Simpson , Jacklyn Smith, and Shay Mitchell among others. Current star of “The Bachelor”, Juan Pablo Galavis was also supposedly being considered but is now “no longer wanted” according to a show insider. In case you missed it, Juan Pablo made some pretty distasteful remarks about why a gay Bachelor would, in his opinion, not be a good idea (he later claimed that his usage of the word “pervert” was due to a language barrier–although “pervertido” is the Spanish equivalent so go figure…) Also, he was dumped by two of the women on his season, the most recent calling him an A**hole after an overnight date.
But anyways, back to the most important new Dancing Star! How do you think NeNe will stack up against the competition? We know NeNe has the moves to make it far on Dancing With The Stars, just checkout this photo evidence:
And, we can’t forget that she does, in fact, have a dancing background:
We also know she’s competitive and a hard worker and that she’s got legs for days so NeNe just might have the chops to take this thing all the way!
If NeNe Leakes does, indeed, officially join the Season 18 Dancing With The Stars cast, she can add this to an already impressive TV resume. Real Housewives of Atlanta fans know she’s previously landed scripted roles on The New Normal and Glee as well as having competed on Celebrity Apprentice.
Would you watch NeNe Leakes on Dancing With The Stars?