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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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31.

Quinn    

Ralph Macchio is awesome.

1156 days ago
32.

oleman    

i think its time to put a muzzle on bruno....i'm gay, and he's an embarressment!

1156 days ago
33.

squeeky    

If Jake Pavelka is reading this...he is probably crying his
eyes out...Sorry Jake, you are NOT a "D" list celeb. You
are NOT a celeb at all. Just a media-whore...as your 'X'
called you. You can't act, you can't dance, and you look
like a complete fool everytime you open your mouth. "Z"
list maybe?

1156 days ago
34.

There's a problem here    

@oleman .... Bruno needs a "date" badly. He's such a freak1ng horndog!

@the rest of you ... I know the names of most D listers. This Jake guy, whoever the he11 he is, and that stone ugly dude The Situation couldn't even crawl up to a "D" listing.

That show jumped the shark halfway through the first season.

1156 days ago
35.

cregis    

Don't know if Kirstie Alley is an A Lister or not but she certainly did work hard and kept me watching the show. She was amazing.

1156 days ago
36.

Shread    

The Producers are out of touch if they think they can draw A list talent to this insipid show. The stars are the Pro Dancers on the show and the D Listers make the show all that more interesting.
If they really think they can move forward with this mandate I will sit back and watch laughing as they fail miserably.
Note to the Moron Producers........Rule Number One is Business. "If it ain't broke then don't fix it".
Get your head out of your butt cheeks you Bozo's.

1156 days ago
37.

pancake    

Ouch! for Ralph Macchio as long as they sign snooks i dont care i realy wana see how that would turn out

1156 days ago
38.

Gabriel    

You forgot Bristol Palin...That"s right she isn't even on a list.

1156 days ago
39.

peoplearesilly    

About time. Have no interest in watching until they do. Palin's daughter for crying out loud! Ridiculous. So many that are not stars and isn't that the name of the show?

1156 days ago
40.

Sandra     

Thought name of the show was a joke as no real stars were on it and that's why I no longer watch!!

1156 days ago
41.

user007    

Good luck with this but A listers don't do reality tv.

1156 days ago
42.

Barbara    

That is a shame. I liked that they pulled in actors who are not in the lime light at the present. I liked that they got exposure and hopefully more work.

1156 days ago
43.

MissM    

Hear that, Bristol Palin? You were D List!

1156 days ago
44.

Tony    

TMZ....your "D" list is accurate except if Audrina Patridge is a "D" lister, I can't wait to see her "A" list replacement!

1156 days ago
45.

anonymous    

Its always mostly been D listers and C listers as stars go... They starting sinking more when it started having Reality idiots on trying to ride out their 15 minutes of fame.

1156 days ago
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