As the Dancing with the Stars rumor mill slowly churns to its inevitable demise on Monday (when the season 13 cast will be officially announced), the names grow more interesting. Maybe they don’t grow a lot more interesting, but it’s not hard to increase interest when you started with Rob Kardashian. The far-more fascinating names to pop up most recently? Chaz Bono and Kim Richards.

Chaz Bono’s name surfaced on Thursday, when it was noted that the reality star (nominated for three Emmys for the documentary, Being Chaz) had just begun to follow Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff, two of the DWTS professionals. However, the rumor has no other corroboration, and a recheck of Bono’s Twitter page shows that he is no longer following either dancer.

Is this an effort to squelch rumors? Or did the DWTS producers ask Chaz Bono to remove the indicators of his potential involvement? We will find out soon enough.

The next name to pop up from the DWTS rumor mill is Kim Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Celebuzz reports that Richards has begun practicing her dance moves in anticipation of next week’s official cast announcement.

Considering the uncertain state of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills following the suicide of Russell Armstrong, it’s not surprising that Richards might have time for a little dancing this fall.

Chaz Bono and Kim Richards share the dubious distinction of being current reality/tabloid stars who have been known to the world since childhood. Kim Richards was a child actress, known for movies like Escape to Witch Mountain. Chaz Bono, meanwhile, was born as Chastity, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono.

Will they also share a stage?


According to a report from, Nancy Grace — she of the pants-suits and self-righteous attitudes — will be joining the season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars. Reports put her meeting her professional dance partner in Atlanta last week. Since Grace is a celebrity with an actual job, there’s a good chance that her practicing will take place in Atlanta, with visits to Los Angeles only for performances.

Currently the possible contestants rumored for Dancing with the Stars include:

  • Chaz Bono
  • Kim Richards
  • David Arquette
  • Elisabetta Canalis
  • Queen Latifah 
  • Snooki
  • Tiffani Thiessen
  • Rob Kardashian
  • Ron Artest 
  • Hope Solo
  • Mike Tyson
  • Dina Lohan
  • Kristin Cavallari
  • Henry Winkler
  • Nancy Grace

Obviously, we can’t expect all of these names to be on the roster for season 13 of Dancing with the Stars. Some are undoubtedly baseless rumors. Some were once-strong rumors now denied by the stars (Queen Latifah and Snooki both refuted their rumors directly on Twitter). But a few of these names are indeed likely to return this Monday at the official cast announcement.

Which will dance? Find out when ABC announces the official season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, August 29 during the Bachelor Pad telecast (8-10pm).

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.