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"I am intrigued!"
Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron tells us that just like the fans, he's waiting with bated breath to find out who'll be a part of the new season 17 cast, set to be announced Sept. 4.
"Some of the casting rumors are true," Bergeron tells E! News, "and some of them are not true at all. Some of them might reflect contract negotiations that are going in one direction or another. But nothing is final yet."
While sources confirm to E! News that Paula Deen and Geraldo Rivera both have been approached and have passed on the opportunity, we are also told that producers are looking for a "younger and sexier cast" to appeal to a younger demo. And that cast will most likely include the return of controversial pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovsiy, the 33-year-old Ukrainian heartthrob who did not return for season 15.