While answering fan questions with Us Weekly, the former “American Idol” champ said that she would be “so terrified” to trade in a microphone for dancing shoes. “I just got so terrified. I’m so terrified. Give me a microphone, I am totally fine. Tell me to dance in front of an audience and I — oh,” Sparks says, shuddering at the thought of dancing. “I’m game for anything, but like, oh, lord have mercy.”
The singer points to her last all-out attempt at learning choreography: in 2011, when she was promoting her single “I Am Woman.” “I was dancing more when I put out ‘I Am Woman.’ I rehearsed for, like, a month just for that one performance on ‘Idol,'” she shares. So learning one or multiple dances in a week is definitely not her idea of a good time. Plus, her pal Amber Riley, who won Season 17, told her all about the grueling “Dancing” schedule.
“I was like, ‘No, nope. I would not be able to do that,'” Sparks says. “Just a couple of days before? No, no! I can memorize a song no problem, but steps? Oh, I’m scared. I’m scared to talk to you about this conversation. … If they call me, I’ll have to turn them down. Not ready, I’m not ready!”
But the Grammy nominee left a wee bit glimmer of possibility that fans may see her go for the Mirrorball one day. “But maybe that’s why I should do it — because it scares me,” she acknowledges. “Who knows? Who knows?”
Sparks is the latest star to comment on a potential “Dancing” stint. Hewitt, collegiate gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, Season 21 champ Bindi Irwin‘s brother Robert Irwin and Season 18 alum Candace Cameron Bure‘s daughter Natasha Bure have all expressed interest in doing the show. Ohashi, whose floor exercise routine took the internet by storm in January, revealed she’s already been in talks.
“Dancing,” which was benched this spring, will return in the fall with its 28th season — one that will have some format changes and will hopefully be stocked with bigger celebrities if producers get their way. “Resting the show does help us really, really focus on talent and really take the time to go after people that we think will be the strongest,” ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said earlier this month. “And so that has been a gift. I think that the producers would say the same thing. And they are really, really trumping it a bit to bring it back next fall quite strong.”
“Dancing with the Stars” will air Mondays at 8/7c this fall. A premiere date will be announced later.