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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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dick hardon    

oprah must dance

1086 days ago
17.

Ginger    

DWTS is a huge hit. So lets tinker with it and change everything. Yeah, that's a good idea.

1086 days ago
18.

Allison    

I liked Audrina and Kendra !!

1086 days ago
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TalkingNow    

They're trying to attract A-Listers? DWTS has always been a D-lister show from the start why in the world would A-Listers stop their projects or whatever they're working on for this? They'll be on their A list set shooting a movie or in their A list studio recording an album. I've never watched the show anyway, but from previews and commercials I never saw a show that consisted of A-List celebs. DWTS get a grip

1086 days ago
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mary    

Saying the last few years they had "D" listers was too kind. More like "F" (as in failure) they were. And then when I saw Snooki and Rob Kardashian maybe lined up for next season, I thought the "Jerry Springer" dance show.

Instead of class they had crass.

1086 days ago
21.

nicole    

So does this mean Snooki, Rob K., & Evelyn are OUT? If so, Saaaa weet! I wasn't going to watch if they were on. Put on Angelina, Brad, Jen and her new boo

1086 days ago
22.

Pimpcessa    

Interesting. I always wondered why they called the show dancing with the "stars". With the exception of a very few, I just never understood how they could use that word. I thought it would be better off as "Dancing with those who never were and may never be". Or "Dancing with the Fame Whores" might work....but "Stars"? Not even close.

1086 days ago
23.

JON    

Just rename the show what it really is, Dancing With the Has-Beens and Want-a-Be's.

1086 days ago
24.

Scott    

I'm going to miss Dancing With The Has-Beens and Wanna-Be's...

1086 days ago
25.

Firefly    

MastaDon 4 hours ago

In what way is The Situation a D-lister?
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Your right, he doesn't make the list at all.

1086 days ago
26.

Dan    

How many A-listers would stoop to the level of doing this show. The main reason they can only get D-listers is because they have no work and are easily available to do this crapfest of a show.

But if means no more Kate Gosselin or Bristol Palin idiots, then I'm all for it!

Now I cannot wait to see what ABC actually classifies as the new celebrity. I'm sure its going to be epic LOL

1086 days ago
27.

MedullaPancreas    

Because "A" listers have artistic credibility to burn on national television. Laurence Olivier on Star Search!

1086 days ago
28.

what He said    

Audrina is a beauty to watch!! Plus she has her own show!

1086 days ago
29.

tal    

i think i migh*****ch this season...if they could get beyonce or shakira it would be better if they could get both.... LOL

1086 days ago
30.

Grandma Cracker    

Uh, I heard that Dina and Lindsay Lohan are trying to get on DWTS. That means they are heading for the Z LISTERS!

1086 days ago
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