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Maria Sharapova, get on the dance floor. You are wanted for season nine of Dancing With the Stars.

"I want to see those outfits on her," professional dancer Tony Dovolani told us yesterday at the ESPY Awards in downtown L.A. "I want to design every single one. I'm going to approach her about it tonight!"

Last season's disco-ball-winning champ Shawn Johnson echoed Tony's thoughts: "I think Maria Sharapova would be awesome for the show!"

Other superstar athletes had their names dropped for potential recruitment, as well…

"They need someone high profile like Kobe," season seven's Misty May-Treanor said. "Mix it up a little bit. Don't wait until they're retired."

Shawn also agreed the show needs greater star power. "I would really love to see a big name like Michael Phelps or Shaun White," she said.

And while we have no idea what stars will really be cast for next season, we do know that some exciting changes for the show are in the works.

"They are going to mix things up a bit to make the show more interesting," Tony said. "There are going to be more partners, there are going to be more types of dances, and I think they're going to allow some lifts and stuff. We'll see who lifts who."

—Reporting by Dahvi Shira


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