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Celebrities Who Have Said No to ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Updated on January 12, 2020
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Over 26 seasons, many celebrities have appeared on America's most popular dance competition show. Those who have danced include many athletes, singers, actors, and others in the entertainment business.

Celebrities must be willing to learn ballroom dances in only a few weeks and perform before millions. They risk criticisms, sore bodies, loss of sleep, low scores from the judges along with embarrassing comments. They get paid for each week they stay on the show. However, the Mirror Ball trophy is what they all want because it gives them bragging rights.

Some celebrities beg to be on the show for the exposure. Some of them need to repair their image, and they think being on the show would help in that area. Then, there are those who are invited to be on the show, but they do not accept the invitations.

Below are those who allegedly have said, "No" to the invitations. They are listed in alphabetical order.

Trace Adkins

Country singer Trace Adkins was asked to join Dancing with the Stars" in 2009. The 56-year-old refused then and said he will always refuse because he doesn't want to be embarrassed on national television.

Lance Armstrong

Former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly been asked to join Dancing with the Stars several times over the years.

The network believed that having him on the show would possibly cause more viewers to watch. However, the 46-year-old disgraced road racing cyclist has never accepted any of the invitations.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is a fan of the show. The 59-year-old actress and author was in the audience to support her friend Jennifer Grey when she competed and won Season 11. Curtis said she has vowed she would never appear on the show as a contestant.

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner's publicist turned down an offer for Jenner to appear on Dancing with the Stars. The network inquired if she was interested, but Jenner never negotiated to be a contestant.

Two of Jenner's stepchildren, Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian, did compete. Neither one of them won the Mirror Ball trophy.

Gayle King

Gayle King is one of the co-anchors of CBS This Morning. Gayle says she has been approached to be on the show three times.

The 63-year-old journalist says she can’t dance, and she doesn't want to be humiliated in public. Besides, she doesn't want to embarrass her children.

Lindsay Lohan

When Lindsay Lohan was approached by ABC to be a contestant during Season 16 in 2013 to help her repair her image, she refused.

Lohan told her friends she doesn't want to appear on reality television because she is a film actress.

Demi Moore

When Rumer Willis competed in Season 20, she won the trophy. Her mother, Demi Moore supported her by attending almost every live show.

The very next season, ABC invited the 55-year-old actress to become a contestant herself. However, Moore did not accept the invitation.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes admitted that she was asked to compete on Dancing with the Stars three years in a row. She was too busy to commit to the rehearsal schedule.

The 35-year-old singer refused three times in the past, but she said maybe one season in the future, she might accept the invitation.

Sylvester Stallone

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone was asked to be on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in 2010. The 71-year-old actor rejected the idea without giving a reason.

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen admits she has been asked a few times, but the 44-year-old star emphasized that she is an actress and not a dancer.

Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani's co-stars on Saved By the Bell have been contestants.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson was invited to appear on Dancing with the Stars twice, and twice he declined. The NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks told Access Hollywood in 2014 that he preferred to focus on his career.

Wilson didn't close the door completely. He said he might join the show at some point in the future. Wilson might get another invitation because the dance competition show loves having athletes as contestants.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was allegedly approached to appear on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, but he declined the offer.

He was probably too busy keeping Facebook running and up to date.

Other Celebrities

Over the years, other celebrities were rumored to have been invited to be on Dancing with the Stars, but the ones mentioned above didn't appear to be rumors but actual invitations.


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