“Dancing with the Stars” Mulls Casting Same-Sex Couple: Reports

Portia de Rossi says she'd consider signing on

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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It takes two to tango – everything else is fair game.

With the Israeli version of “Dancing with the Stars” set to debut its first same-sex couple, “Dancing” producers stateside are said to be weighing a similar ballroom move for next season.

At the top of the list would be Portia de Rossi, Popeater’s Rob Shuter reported, citing sources affiliated with the ABC hit.

According to Shuter, TV insiders believe tapping Ellen DeGeneres’ wife for the gig would bring a wave of publicity to offset the star power of Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol” when the shows go head-to-head.

“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told de Rossi on his morning radio show Wednesday that he’d also heard producers wanted her for the gig, but figured she wouldn’t go for it.

"I'm not going to pass! Let me think about it," de Rossi said, according to People. "I used to be a ballet dancer. It's not completely a pass. You never know."

Whether De Rossi is offered a slot or not, one person who’s already sold on the concept of a same-sex pairing is “Dancing” judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

"I would love it," Inaba told People. "I fully support that and I think America is ready for that. Our country is much more accepting of same sex couples and it would be great for the show to reflect that."

Veteran “Dancing” pro Derek Hough told EW.com he isn’t so sure the show’s producers would ever sign on to such a move. But he said he couldn't rule it out.

“If I’ve learned one thing on this show ... it’s to never say never,” he said.

Could it really be such a stretch for a show that boasts on its website that its basic formula includes "tons of glitter and spray tans?"

Selected Reading: People, PopEater, EW

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