'Dancing with the Stars' seeking Lance Armstrong to compete

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Following his controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, ABC is seeking out Lance Armstrong to be a competitor on Dancing with the Stars.

Armstrong has been approached for previous seasons of the ailing dancing show, but according to E! News, show producers want him now more than ever following his interview in which he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. “The higher-ups feel he is exactly what the show needs to bring back viewers," a source reveals.

However, viewers shouldn’t get too excited as Armstrong has declined their requests once again.

Armstrong’s rep tells Entertainment Weekly, “Lance has been offered the show each and every year since its inception. Although flattered he has passed on their generous offers."

E! notes that DWTS show producers hoped for Armstrong to fulfill a more youthful persona, something the All Star season could not fulfill.

Entertainment President Paul Lee informed that despite its falling ratings, he still intends to air two seasons of Dancing a year. "It's still a big, broad, crowd pleaser. I think the All-Star version made it a little bit older. I think we have the ability of casting fresh and bringing in the younger audience again. We think there's a lot of life in it—16 million viewers is a lot of viewers,” he informs.

Season 16 is slated to air March 18.

 
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