Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars” is coming up this September, and we’ve been making some suggestions about which celebrities should enter the ballroom to compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Many of our readers like the idea of skateboard champion Tony Hawk and figure skater Michelle Kwan, and in our most recent poll fans of the show embraced celebs Celine Dion and Lynda Carter, but not controversial Kathy Griffin. Check out the complete poll results below.
Dion was our readers’ top choice with 22% of the vote. She is a Grammy winning recording artist known for iconic hits including “Because You Loved Me” and “My Heart Will Go On.” More recently, though, she made headlines for a pair of tragic losses. Her husband René Angélil and brother Daniel Dion both died of cancer within one week in 2016, which led to an outpouring of support for the singer. But things have been looking up for her since then. She released a French-language album, “Encore un soir,” in August 2016, which has since sold over a million copies worldwide. And in 2017 she recorded a new song for the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever.” “Beauty and the Beast” is a Disney production, of course, and Disney is also the parent company of the ABC network which airs “DWTS,” and you know how much they love synergy.
Close behind Dion with 19% of the vote is Carter, the original “Wonder Woman,” who would be a welcome sight on the reality competition series after the first big-screen “Wonder Woman” was such a huge hit with critics and at the box office. Then past “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks earned 17% of the vote for third place.
But our readers weren’t as quick to embrace Griffin. Only 10% voted that they would like to see her compete on “DWTS.” In fact, more readers (14%) rejected all of our suggestions, voting that none of the above should join the show. Griffin is an Emmy and Grammy winning comedian with a provocative style, but many on both sides of the political aisle felt she crossed then line when she participated in a photo shoot in which she held a facsimile of Donald Trump‘s severed head. “DWTS” often casts controversial figures looking for image rehabilitation — like celebrity chef Paula Deen and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte — but Griffin may be beyond the pale for fans of the show.