Rick Perry Goes From The Presidential Campaign Trail To ‘Dancing With The Stars’
This is not exactly what Rick Perry had hoped he'd be doing this fall.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry hoped to have been competing for the Presidency at this point in the year, but instead he’s going to be on ABC competing for the cheesy mirror ball trophy they hand out on Dancing With The Stars:
Rick Perry is ready to take his Texas two-step on a national stage.
The former Texas governor will join the cast of the wildly popular Dancing With The Stars, Entertainment Tonight reports.
The ABC reality show’s 23rd season will premiere Sept. 12.
Perry joins a celebrity cast that includes rapper Vanilla Ice, retired football star Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and embattled Olympian Ryan Lochte, according to Entertainment Tonight. The full cast will formally be revealed Tuesday on Good Morning America.
Perry isn’t the first political figure to appear on the show. Former Crossfire host and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson appeared very early in the shows run back in 2006, including a performance that basically consisted of him sitting in a chair while his scantily clad professional partner danced around him. Needless to say, Tucker didn’t last very long on the show. Three years later, former Texas Congressman and House Majority Leader Tom Delay appeared and ended up dropping out after about three weeks due to injury. So, Perry wouldn’t be the first former officeholder to appear on this show, but he’d certainly be the most prominent and the first Presidential candidate to do so. If nothing else, this suggests that Perry doesn’t foresee spending much time campaigning for Donald Trump this fall despite the fact that he endorsed him. Outside of Perry, DeLay, and Carlson, the closest the show has gotten to politics came when Bristol Palin appeared several years ago, along with rumors about other politicos such as Sarah Palin and Al Sharpton being recruited for the show in the past.
Nobody really knows how good a dancer Perry is, so it’s hard to know how he’ll do. So far, the only video of Perry’s dancing ability available online comes from this coverage of Perry participating in a traditional Jewish dance with a group of Texas Rabbis in advance of Hanukah:
Not entirely what will be expected of him on the show.