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Dancing With the Stars: Who Will Replace Samantha Harris as the Show’s New Co-host?

February 17, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


A new season of Dancing With the Stars kicks off on March 22nd on ABC, but the show is still missing a host. Former co-host Samantha Harris announced last month that she would be leaving the show to focus on other projects but ABC has yet to announce her replacement. Reports have surfaced that the network has narrowed it down to three possible successors and two of them have graced the Dancing With the Stars stage before…

For weeks now, rumors have been swirling about who Samantha Harris’ replacement will be on Dancing With the Stars. According to recent reports, ABC has narrowed it down to three contenders who could take over hosting responsibilities alongside Tom Bergeron. All three women have a background in reporting and hosting and two of them have been featured on Dancing With the Stars in the past…as contestants!

The three women being considered for Samantha Harris’ job are: Vanessa Minnillo, Brooke Burke, and Melissa Rycroft. Both Burke and Rycroft competed on Dancing With the Stars in the seventh and eighth seasons respectively. Burke was crowned the DWTS champion in season seven while Rycroft finished in third place. Rycroft rose to fame as a jilted bachelorette on ABC‘s The Bachelor before landing a last-minute spot on the dancing competition.

Both Rycroft and Minnillo have experience as TV hosts on Entertainment Tonight, while Burke has been featured on Wild On. According to E! news, all three ladies have auditioned to replace Harris on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. A source close to the show says, ”They’re only testing those three on camera for now. The testing will happen some time next week.”

If for some reason none of these ladies are chosen as Harris’ replacement, producers of the show have developed a plan to feature a rotating cast of former contestants to serve as backstage interviewers on the show.

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