Kimmel to Jake Pavelka last night: "was it hard for you to be on a reality show with a woman you were not sleeping with?"
First of all, I have to say I did the happy dance when Pam was told she was safe! And was very happy that I didn't have to wait that long to learn the same about Maks ... I mean Erin. I really wasn't worried about Evan being in the bottom two, but wished that it had been Chad instead of Niecy, but at least she survived to dance another week. So for Pam, Erin, Evan, and Niecy! My impossible dream would be for these four to remain the longest, but I know that the judges will make sure that Miss Pussycat will outlast at least a couple of them.
Granted, they may not be the hottest Hollywood stars at the moment. They will be stars forever even if they quit show business now.
I was thinking recently how great it'd be if they really could get bigger-name actors (or musicians or whatever) to do the show between other gigs. Would love to see A- or HighB-list TV or film actors trying this. But potential embarrassment aside, the quoted fees probably aren't actually high enough for someone who's making "real" TV or film money.
For athletes whose visibility is pretty limited to fans of their sport, DTWS is a great opportunity to find a broader audience, which can translate into higher-paid endorsements. For reality stars, yes, a sixteenth minute of fame. For unknown actors on the way up, like Gilles, a good showcase.
But for the already-arrived? Nope. Too many chances to make a fool of yourself, lose to a nobody or be less likable on live TV than you are in a carefully staged press or photo op.
"Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer
We haven't even mentioned the several hall-of-fame caliber football players that have appeared, nor the many successful recording artists. The show has certainly had plenty of legitimate "stars" over the years.
If star means a household name (even if just for a particular generation), I think there have been quite a few of those even if they were past their pinnacle when they went on the show - like the Osmonds, Wayne Newton, maybe Jerry Springer and Pam Anderson, for example. Others were once at the top of their field so they'd be stars in the field even if not a household name -- Like the Woz, the OGMs, Monica Seles, Oscar winners, Superbowl winners, etc.
And then there is the who the heck is Albert Reed or Stacy Keibler category.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
re: Jake and no respect from many, I can only state my objections. First, anyone who ho's themselves on the bachelor or bachelorette is ick. All the hot tub scenes, all the leadng people on, the scam of true love on a reality show, ick, ick, ick (and those are only the activities shown in the minutes of commericals - I do not watch it). Add that to the stumbling moves and the "me, me, me" attitude. And finally what mpal said.
Jake also bothered me when he treated his Pro badly at the beginning.
I think that Pam Anderson will get a career boost out of this even if she leaves in a couple of weeks. I wouldn't be surprised to see her cast on a sitcom. She's really improved her likeability factor.
The attitudes of people who've achieved fame and success with no talent is offensive to anyone who's actually toiled at anything. At least it's offensive to me. Every time I see Kate Gosselin on the cover of People magazine I feel ill. She acts like she's the biggest star in the world and she has zero degree of humility because she buys totally into her own hype.
We all know the vast majority of people on Dancing with the Stars aren't currently A listers. The show is a lot of work, and people currently fully occupied in the entertainment industry generally don't want to do that degree of work. So it's more appealing to those trying to either establish or revive their stars.
The current move to more and more reality stars in the cast -- Kate Gosselin and the most recent Bachelor on the same season -- is a little disturbing. Perceived as people whose stars are high now. Give me every former 90210-er, a snow boarder, a figure skater, a sitcom queen from the 90s, etc. These are people who know how to entertain and are grateful for the work.