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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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Lynrm    

Who is the idiot that put Ralph Macchio in the D list....What rock do you live under? He hasn't been out in the front lines lately, but are you discounting all the work he has done. You better do your homework and find out just who's who. And if you watched the show, you can see he was a tremendous dancer. The judges acted like idiots in their so called judging, but they can't ignore the fact that the guy could dance rings around their favorite Hines Ward....better known as "1--2--3 turn" Wake up TMZ ..... Get some writers who know what they're talking about.

1182 days ago
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Lynrm    

TMZ staff,,,,,you are a bunch of morons (I wanted to be harsher but held back) Look at FunnyorDie.com where one of your D Listers (not) Ralph Macchio gave TMZ one of your biggest plugs (2 million + hits to date)Not counting his fabulous background of movies and tv, I would say over 2 mil hits would be a pretty good number of interested people to someone you think is a nobody that no one wants to watch. He was the only bright light on dwts this season. He added such depth and story to every dance he did.But the producers had a different idea who should be in the finals and who should win. If the producer thinks a high, high profile is going to come on that show and run the risk of Bruno or Len insulting them and trying to make a fool of them, they better also have it all scripted so as to assure these "high profiles" will be treated like the pampered stars that they are.

1182 days ago
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emm    

I watched Jay Leno last night and he sugested Jane Fonda who happened to be on his show why she hasnt been on DWTS? Jane is in her 70's in great shape, and said she would love to be on Dancing with the Stars, yet she has not been approched, whats up with that ABC? I think TMZ should check this out. thanks emmydem

1169 days ago
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JIM GODLEWSKI    

cHAZ BONO! Guess that didnt work out

1156 days ago
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Jackie    

Tenley Molzahn should be offered a spot on Dancing with The Stars! People should be exposed to this true sweetheart. Having her grace your show would be a noble treat for ABC. She is a Refreshing Blessing.

1155 days ago
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Zuzu    

What??? Ralph was AWESOME!!

1153 days ago
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shocked    

and Chaz Bono is their answer?

1153 days ago
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