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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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Julie    

This is a leak from Dina Lohan who made up a lie about her being on the show next season. She has to explain why she won't be there after telling everyone she was asked. Or, who knows, maybe she is going to be on and wants us all to know she is A-list.

1164 days ago
47.

MoonDust    

I have always wondered why people watch this show when they never have a real "star", but then again people watch the Jersey Shore and MTV reality crap so.....

1164 days ago
48.

who farted    

It was more like dancing with the reality tv stars. I didn'*****ch last season except for the first show.

1164 days ago
49.

Seattlelite    

That
's a disaster waiting to happen for the professionals that the 'stars' would dance with. The show would have to be renamed Dancing With the Bloated Egos.

1164 days ago
50.

Boondoggle    

I cannot believe that TMZ would lump Ralph Macchio into the same category as a bunch of reality stars. I don't care how long ago it was, Macchio starred in one of the most well-known movie franchises of all time in the U.S., and then in another iconic film a decade later. He will always be heads and shoulders above "D-listers" like Kendra, Jake, and so on. Even when he's 80 years old, the original Karate Kid will still be a "star."

1164 days ago
51.

SantaFeJack    

How funny is this "announcement"? I have watched DWTS quite a bit, but the fantasy that they can get A-listers to show up is just that...fantasy.
If they just avoid the likes of Snooki and the Situation, they will have made great progress in extending the high ratings.

1164 days ago
52.

some guy    

Damn... what's DUIna gonna do for a job now?

1164 days ago
53.

music4life    

This is the dumbest thing ever. They weren't d-listers. They are all famous well known people in the industry with their own accomplishments. It is soo stupid to classify people, how dumb.

1164 days ago
54.

DC Girl    

GOOD...and thank you!

1164 days ago
55.

No comment    

I have never watched the show, but I see the highlights of the show. I migh*****ch if they had McHammer on the show. He is not on the A, B, C, D or E list but he had moves in his videos back in the day.

1164 days ago
56.

some guy    

Wonder if they would ever consider having royalty dance. Doubt their schedules are too busy.

1164 days ago
57.

Not an idiot like the rest of you    

OK. It'd be interesting to see some bigger current 'stars' on this show but how can they lump Ralph Macchio in with all the rest of this reality trash they listed above? And why leave off the biggest nobody ever to be on the show....Bristol Palin? She is completey pointless and the reason I didn'*****ch last season.

1164 days ago
58.

arn7777    

What? No Bristol Palin? Oh, she must be a H-Lister.....I see, makes sense.

1164 days ago
59.

frank    

Bristol Palin should never have been on the show. She was not and will never be any kind of star. Just a pathetic daughter of a politician trying to get attention.

1164 days ago
60.

Kate    

I guess Bristol Palin isn't a D-list celeb?

1164 days ago
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