"Dancing With the Stars" professional dancer Sharna Burgess is reportedly single -- despite being pushed into showmance mode with her Season 24 partner Bonner Bolton -- and the stunning ginger Aussie is more than willing to be the next lead of ABC's "The Bachelorette." Meanwhile, a second former "Bachelorette" just called out Bachelor Nation on its gender bias when it comes to DWTS casting. Just the usual ABC drama in action!
Sharna stopped by Entertainment Tonight's studio for a Facebook live interview where she confirmed she is single and keeping it professional with her DWTS partner. She also answered a fan question on whether she'd consider being the Bachelorette:
"Yeah! Sure, why not? Who doesn't want a bunch of beautiful men around you all pining for your attention? No, sure. I would love to. Why not?"
DWTS and Bachelor Nation have been crossing over for years. Bachelor Nick Viall is currently competing, following past Bachelors Chris Soules, Sean Lowe, and Jake Pavelka. Meanwhile, the first Bachelorette, Trista Rehn Sutter, is the only "Bachelorette" lead to have been cast on DWTS, back in Season 1 (and she was the first boot -- sad trombone). True, Melissa Rycroft was cast -- twice -- but she was a last-minute replacement casting in DWTS Season 8 when Nancy O'Dell was injured, and she was a "Bachelor" star hot off Jason Mesnick's trainwreck finale. Rycroft did so well she was invited back for DWTS's All-Stars season, which she won.
You may recall how "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe recently called out the double standard of ABC casting more "Bachelor" guys on DWTS than "Bachelorette" ladies. She said she had gotten an offer from DWTS, but Bachelor boss Mike Fleiss told her she couldn't do the show:
Actually I was offered it, had the contract & Mike Fliess told me I wasn't allowed.He said he didnt want people wanting fame after his show???? https://t.co/nSzricohi4
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) February 27, 2017
Can you imagine? Jake Pavelka and Nick Viall can go fame hunting on multiple shows, but not Kaitlyn? OK.
JoJo Fletcher just echoed that idea, telling Refinery29 she "would have" done DWTS, "But some contractual things kinda got in the way." She also addressed Kaitlyn's tweet, telling Refinery, "Yeah. I know what's going on there." After a pause, she continued, "I will say, I hope that now that it's come to light that the Bachelorettes haven't really had the opportunity before [to appear on DWTS] that [the situation] it changes."
You could argue that the timing just works out better for "Bachelor" stars to go straight from that show's ending to the premiere of DWTS in the spring, whereas "The Bachelorette" airs after the spring seasons of DWTS, and then there's a long summer break until DWTS returns in the fall. But that argument falls apart if, say, Kaitlyn was really asked to go on DWTS.
DWTS could cover both bases if ABC casts Sharna as the next Bachelorette and then has her go straight back into dancing as a pro in the spring DWTS. Heck, maybe they could even cast her Chosen One as her partner? They've had romantic pairings before. (Remember when pro Julianne Hough danced with her then-boyfriend?) Or they could cast this spring's Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, for the DWTS fall season. Either way, after casting Nick Viall on a fifth ABC reality show, any argument about stars putting fame over love just falls flat.
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