September 02, 2013 01:12 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
He’s been saying for over a year that he’d love to transition from athletic success into an entertainment-based career, but does Ryan Lochte really have what it takes to be the next reality TV star? His show What Would Ryan Lochte do was a definite flop, but that might not stop him from making the new cast list for Dancing With The Stars!
Last season’s obligatory DWTS athlete was Aly Raisman and this year, many fans are anticipating a second 2012 Olympian to join the show’s cast. Ryan Lochte has expressed enthusiasm for the show, last year claiming, “I could do Dancing with the Stars! Yeah, I think so…Since I’m so used to competing against Michael Phelps, I’d have him on the show.” Chances are, there won’t be two swimmers in one season, but one member of the Olympic team? That’s a definite possibility.
If Ryan Lochte does wind up on Dancing With The Stars, it’s likely that his partner will be the lovely Karina Smirnoff. The pro dancer recently dropped the following huge hint: “I’m just going to say my partner’s first name is Ryan. So you go wild — Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling…you pick! But it’s Ryan, and it is a hottie.”
Obviously, it’s not Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Gosling — how often does Dancing With The Stars actually manage to cast celebs who are not either washed up or on the B list? These two Ryans are way too big a deal and have way too much going on to ever consent to this reality show. Ryan Lochte, on the other hand, has expressed interest and is well known for his boyish good looks. We’re thinking there’s a very good chance he’ll be this season’s token athlete. Jeah!
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