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'Dancing w/ the Stars' -- Sorry for All the D-Listers

7/24/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Say goodbye to the likes of Ralph Macchio and Kendra Wilkinson on "Dancing with the Stars" ... TMZ has learned producers are on the hunt for more "high profile" celebs next season ... in the hopes of cutting down on the gimmicky stars they've booked in the past.

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Sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... producers are under direct orders to find "more high profile" people than in the past seasons ... after booking a string of D-listers like The Situation, Kate Gosselin, Audrina Patridge, Jake Pavelka and Holly Madison.

In order to lock down the BIG names, we're told producers are offering A-listers complete control over their rehearsal schedule -- telling them there's NO minimum rehearsal requirements ... and they can practice as little or as much as they want.

Celebs will also have final say on music selections and costume design ... including colors, cuts and styles.

So far, no word if producers have signed any of the "high profile" people in their crosshairs.

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Sersi    

Good! Maybe I will watch now... Who's Jake Palvelka?

1152 days ago
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Sondra    

You would be honored to have McKenzie Westmore who can actually dance and maybe she would give you a song. She is classically trained vocalist. Next Michael E. Knight from AMC. He would bring laughter, humor and I'm sure good dancing to the show. Also Lee Merriweather for some class.

1152 days ago
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Stephanie    

Great..so these a listers will have complete control of the show..it'll go to hell cuz if they dont have to practice alot..they will all suck..haha..

1152 days ago
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viewer101    

if that's true, and let's hope that it is, wouldn't ochocinco's wife fall into that category of d-list as well?

1152 days ago
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keeping it real    

It's about time, They had Audrina on! I was like they just sank to a new low!!! She isn't anybody! That's why she got the tossed like yesterdays trash. Also the situation. OMG He looks as old as Betty White! Next thing the will be trying to get Melanie Grifth. YIKES and There was a rumor of Evelyn from Basketball wives. COME ON!!! She has like 2 fans, Ochocinco and herself.

1152 days ago
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MastaDon    

In what way is The Situation a D-lister?

1152 days ago
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hello    

Good! Gimicky is cheap just like the reality losers they have been booking. I stopped watching the show becasue of it. I will star*****ching again when they actually book real stars and not reality rejects.

1152 days ago
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Superman    

When did they NOT have D-listers on their stupid show?!?!

"we're told producers are offering A-listers complete control over their rehearsal schedule -- telling them there's NO minimum rehearsal requirements ... and they can practice as little or as much as they want."

Nice. Entice the "A-listers" by treating them like the spoiled brats that they are! We see you have your priorities in order.

1152 days ago
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Superman    

And the irony is that DWTS is using gimmicks to attract "A-listers" and more viewers when they are denouncing the "D-listers" for being "gimmicky stars".

1152 days ago
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Carvey    

Oh c'mon, don't throw Ralph Macchio in the same category as all these reality television idiots. Ralph can't act worth a darn but at least he's appeared in a lot of high grossing films. Who among us didn't enjoy the Karate Kid franchise. Ralph is a legitimate celebrity.

1152 days ago
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Mandy    

The show will not be the same IF they do get "A Listers" and let them control everything. No matter if it's A listers or Z Listers, everyone knows what the show is about and to basically hand it over to the A Listers sucks. I can see the producers giving them SOME leeway, but not total control. But hey, we'll see what these spoiled brats are made of: if they only practice 2 hrs, 3 times a week and they stink and the others practice 5 hrs a day, 6 days a week and are good, you can bet the ones who had minimum practice time will cry foul and say they didn't know what they were getting in to as opposed to the ones who really want to "dance".

1152 days ago
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the sea    

They'll probably still throw in a Disney Channel star with the A-listers. They have one every year, and Disney owns ABC.

1152 days ago
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janet    

It's been a who's list of who? 'Stars' of what?

First couple of seasons were fun, that's been about it.

1152 days ago
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Jim    

Just more garbage TV.

1152 days ago
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Kathy    

They better do something to improve that show. Maybe add to the list of changes--tell the judges to stop picking favorites who they want to win.

1152 days ago
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