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Dancing With The Stars Cast: Why Celebrities Want To Appear On DWTS

Updated on July 8, 2012

The Television Show DWTS

Dancing With The Stars is so popular it even has it's own acronym. DWTS. Okay, maybe the television show just acquired the abbreviation because it has such a long title. Whatever the reason, the TV show draws viewers. Here comes Season 14 of the American version.

The new season premiered March 19. The cast includes a variety of celebrity singers, actors, and sports talents. When they already have "celebrity" status, why exactly are they clamoring to appear on Dancing With The Stars?

Let's put aside the draw to win the huge mirror ball trophy and instead focus on the other motivations.

Ahem, I clear my throat.

White in the role of Urkel. He wants a new image.
White in the role of Urkel. He wants a new image. | Source

Celebrity Image

Many celebrities are well known in only one genre or for one look. Take Jaleel White, part of the 2012 DWTS cast. White became popular for his portrayal of geeky teenager Steve Urkel in the '90s television show Family Matters. His name is still identified with the clutzy character and he is definitely not known for his dancing abilities.

Given that Family Matters stopped filming several years ago and his associated image is less than suave, White likely wants to create a new look. Perhaps joining the DWTS cast will help viewers see him in a new light.

Dancing With The Stars gives celebrities the opportunity to step out of the talent spotlights for which they are well known. Viewers may see another side of them.

The stars also get the opportunity to speak directly to fans through the camera when their scores are given after their dances have finished. A personal and genuine side of the celebrity can be viewed by the audience.

Jenkins may soon be well-known in the US
Jenkins may soon be well-known in the US | Source

Fan Base

The television show also gives stars the opportunity to appeal to a wider audience. For example, Katherine Jenkins in Season 14 is a classical singer from the United Kingdom. She admitted on the premier show that she is not well known in the United States, the country where the shows are taped.

DWTS gives Jenkins the chance to have airtime in front of US viewers. Her name and face get recognized when she is seen each week by regular viewers of the show. Her fan base and her popularity are likely to grow as a result of the exposure.

Challenges of DWTS

Many celebrities also seek out Dancing With The Stars for the challenges of the show. DWTS involves a lot of exercise. DWTS is a great environment for stars to gain body strength and sharpen their athletic abilities.

The show is also a challenge as many new dance steps need to be learned. Routines of the past seasons, for example, included the jive, foxtrot, tango and quickstep.

The routines need to be learned quickly, within the week between episodes. During that week the stars also need to be fitted for costumes and develop chemistry with their professional dance partners. The already busy schedules of the star need to be balanced with the rehearsals, making every minute count. Celebrities may also feel stress that they will be eliminated from the show due to low scores.

Celebrities may crave these challenges and therefore want to take on Dancing With The Stars.

Challenges. | Source

Lose Weight

Another reason why stars flock to Dancing With The Stars is because the dance routines are a great way to lose weight. The rehearsals for the shows involve practicing dance steps for long hours, which is a strenuous aerobic activity.

Former cast members Kirstie Alley and Ricki Lake have explained that part of the reason they joined the show was to meet their weight loss goals. The constant rehearsals with the professional dancers keep the celebrities on their feet for long hours, which burns many calories.

Kirstie Allie Performs on DWTS


Money is another incentive for celebrities to join Dancing With The Stars. A substantial amount of money can be earned by dancing on the show.

According to Pop Eater's Rob Shuter, upon sign up each contestant gets $150,000 USD for six weeks of rehearsals and the first two shows. Each week after that two weeks is an extra $10,000, then $20,000, and so on. This means that the winner, who has survived the most weeks, receives $350,000!

Okay so that is further incentive to keep dancing! Especially if money is tight at home. Nothing like a week's worth of dancing for a cool $10,000 to motivate you to sign on the dotted line.

Dance Time!

There are many motivators for celebrities to join the Dancing With The Stars cast. Now in Season 14, faithful viewers continue to watch the show. The show brings celebrities a few challenges, and it also increases their fan bases. Shedding a few pounds and earning more than a few dollars are nice rewards as well.

Given the various motivations, there are likely to be more seasons of Dancing With The Stars to come. Bring on the dance steps and bring on the celebrities!

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Sunshine, Jaleel is one of my faves for the season! The talent is excellent so we shall see... Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am a fan of DWTS. I picked Jaleel as the winner before the season started. I always choose correctly!! I might be wrong this season. Uh oh. There are too many fantastic dancers. William Levy keeps getting better (and hotter)! I never heard of Catherine Jenkins but she's great also. I dunno. I don't like being wrong. Ha!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lee, you are funny! I like your honesty. People-watching is a great activity and DWTS let's viewers do just that. The outfits are amazing and the women are in great shape :) Thanks for the comment and votes!

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      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great Hub Christy. I must be honest, the only reason I have usually watched is to see celebrities look silly or to be surprised by someone I didn't think could dance; which I really can't either. Of course there is also the good looking women....LOL. I'm a man, what can I say? I voted UP all across. Lee

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Bobbi! I also like Maks, and I think Derek is a skilled dancer too. I'm glad you like the show too.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I do think that viewers who are into dance are more likely to watch, and also viewers who are fans of the featured celebrities. Thanks Marc for the comment and the shares, take care.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I agree that the opening show as a good one Teaches12345. I was surprised that scores of '9' were given out on the opening show, wow.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe thanks Sooner28, I appreciate the praise! Very kind of you to share too. I will be round to your hubs shortly.

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      I confess I watch the show to see Maks (Maksim Chmerkovskiy)dance. He is the best dancer, and he can make anyone look good---probably even me.

      Very good hub Christy, I voted up and awesome.

      Your Hub Friend,


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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I always wondered if there were any reasons other than losing weight and regaining their careers as to why people joined these shows. I also wondered if anyone under 65 who isn't into dance was a regular viewer...

      Great post! Voted up, shared, etc

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      We watched the show last night and were entertained with all the stars on the show. They seem to be more down to earth this season. It will be interesting to see how they improve over the next few weeks (and lose that weight.).

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      6 years ago

      This is a really good analysis. I think the main reasons are money, image, and fan base; but there are definitely people who do it for the challenge also. I'm sharing this!


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