From the Oval Office to the ballroom? Dancing With the Stars casting director Deena Katz revealed in a new interview that up until 2016, she has asked former POTUS — and aspiring First Gentleman — Bill Clinton to compete on the show every year since the program premiered in 2005.
“You know, I ask Bill Clinton every time,” Katz told ABC News on Tuesday, August 16. “But this time I actually didn’t ask him because I thought he might be a little busy.”
Though he may have had time to cha-cha for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in the past, the 42nd commander in chief has been particularly busy this year supporting his wife, Hillary Clinton, as she continues her race to win the upcoming presidential election over Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Not only is Bill a long shot for season 23 of DWTS, but so are American athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Katz explained. “You know it worked with Shawn Johnson, it worked with Misty May, it worked with Evan Lysacek, and that is our show, that’s America,” she told ABC News.
“I’ve talked to a lot of Olympians but, unfortunately for them, I can’t really lock someone in so it’s kind of like putting that call out and then they’re all just waiting. And yet, they’re a little busy right now too,” she continued. “So it’s this thing of, ‘OK, I’ve talked to you, you guys are great, now let’s wait and see what happens.’”
Gold-medalist Johnson, 24, won DWTS in May 2009. The gymnast went on to place second in the show’s all-star edition in November 2012. Figure skater Lysacek, 31, got second place on season 10 of the reality series in May 2010 and gold medal–winning volleyball champ May, 39, put her best foot forward on DWTS’ seventh season in 2008 despite an injury that forced her to quit.
America’s Next Top Model alum Nyle DiMarco won the last season of the dance-focused program in May 2016. Dancing With the Stars will return to ABC for its 23rd season Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
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