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Will Lance Bass Get a Male Partner on Dancing with the Stars?


Lance Bass is reportedly set for the next season of Dancing with the Stars but his sexuality has apparently presented producers with a question.

The NYDN's Rush & Molloy report: "Lance Bass is locked and loaded for the next season of 'Dancing With the Stars,' says an insider. But we hear network execs are already fretting over whether or not to pair the openly gay pop star with a male or female dance partner. A gay ballroom dancer? Color us surprised!"

How about Mark Ballas, who's said he's comfortable with stereotypes?

Of course, then comes the battle over who will lead.

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  1. I sincerely hope that Lance Bass does get a male partner because well, that is his reality he would dance with a man.

    It is a fun show for many of the performers in addition to being a lot of work therefore I say, "DANCE"!

    Posted by: Charles | Jul 10, 2008 8:48:56 AM

  2. Pick me, pick me!

    Posted by: davefromtampa | Jul 10, 2008 9:14:52 AM

  3. They won't give him a male partner. The show is too popular. The network won't want to rock the boat and risk getting the wing-nuts all whipped up.

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 10, 2008 9:40:00 AM

  4. While I have never seen this show, I do wonder is America ready for him to be who he is and dance with a man? Will the religious zealots stand by, or do what they do best, spew hate and threaten the sponsors with a boycott?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 10, 2008 9:59:49 AM

  5. They'll pair him with a woman, saddling him with the additional challenge of generating 'chemistry' with her in the dance. If he succeeds, he's more praised than if he smolders on the floor with a guy.

    Posted by: Ben | Jul 10, 2008 10:07:24 AM

  6. Will bet my entire deluxe set of Astaire-Rogers DVDs [the one trimmed with the ice blue ostrich feathers] that he'll never cha cha cha onto that dance floor period. And, if he does, bet my entire bootleg tapes of Yma Sumac's 1955 concert tour that he isn't paired with another man. Two OUT queens would never be the hand to win approval to be on this show.

    BUT, one of the many reasons to hope it does happen is the stroke it would cause that ancient bitchy British poof judge to have as well as the next major flood: Reichen drowning in his own green tears.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 10, 2008 10:08:40 AM

  7. I doubt he will be paired with a man, simply because in both ballroom and latin dance, almost every visually interesting or challenging dance movie is performed by the female partner. Taking away the female partner, drastically reduces the amount of actual dance that can be peformed.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 10, 2008 10:23:16 AM

  8. Gay men dance with women all the time, so it would be just as appropriate if Lance were paired with a woman. But I'd prefer it to be a man simply because it's fairer to Lance and it bucks the tiresome heterosexual stereotypes we see everywhere in American culture.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 10, 2008 10:24:33 AM

  9. I agree with Chris. Also, there's rarely any beauty with two males dancing certain styles (at least any I've ever seen, and I've seen gay ballroom, tango, and other types) ~ it just looks silly. I much prefer to opposite-sex dancing ~ it's more thrilling. Of course, that's just my opinion. To each their own.

    Posted by: jeffreychrist | Jul 10, 2008 10:44:37 AM

  10. I don't think it's an issue and he should be paired with a women. Like there aren't gay male ballroom dancers dancing with women? C'mon. I'm more inclined to think he has a great advantage given he IS a dancer, as opposed to some uncoordinated sports star.

    Posted by: BusyTimmy | Jul 10, 2008 11:11:03 AM

  11. oh for pete's sake... its called DANCING with the stars, not DATING with the stars. who he dates, or personally "smolders" with is irrelevant .

    a large percentage of pro ballroom dancers are gay and are among the top ranked.

    there IS a place for same sex ballroom dancing, but this type of show ain't it.

    and for the record, some of you would be amazed at how much drama and contrast that same sex ballroom CAN have.

    Posted by: jack | Jul 10, 2008 11:11:45 AM

  12. I agree with the previous posters who feel that a woman would make a better dance partner for Lance. We're talking about ballroom dancing here, not dating or sex!

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 10, 2008 11:17:04 AM

  13. In the Australian version, they have had three gay men, who have all been paired with women. I was a little disappointed with the first pairing, but now I'm not fussed. The expressions in dance descend gender and/or sexuality.

    Posted by: Danger Ahead (NSFW) | Jul 10, 2008 11:33:07 AM

  14. I think he should dance with a female. It's just a better dynamic in this type of dance - male/female.

    Just because he's gay, he needs to have a male dance partner? This isn't a f*cking date!

    keep with the opposites!

    Posted by: marco | Jul 10, 2008 12:00:24 PM

  15. Danger: I think you meant "transcend" not "descend".

    Anyway, this is a talent showcase, so he needs to match the arrangements of the other dancers. I also find male-male pairings in these formal dances a tad odd too. It's a style thing, as men can certainly dance well together!

    What goads, however, is that this show is something of a modern version of "Love Boat" for failing or flailing careers and Lance should find a better niche for himself.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2008 12:09:02 PM

  16. Well it should be obvious to us that he should be paired with another male dancer. Who knows what the show is thinking though. All I know is that I will be disappointed if he isn't paired with a guy. In fact, I might be a little mad!

    Posted by: Alec Sarkas | Jul 10, 2008 12:16:41 PM

  17. Unless one of you twittering about the supposed limits of couples dancing without a female partner can identify which moves involve a vagina or uterus you might want to buy a calendar. Surprise! It's not 1952!

    The "pop" dancer still considered the greatest of all time, Fred Astaire, choreographed virtually all of his legendary movie/TV dance numbers including the timeless breathtakingly romantic AND sensual "Cheek to Cheek" from "Top Hat" with....wait for it....a MAN dancing "the woman's" part—"lifelong bachelor" Hermes Pan. Then Pan would usually switch "roles" to teach the steps to Astaire's on-screen partner, the most famous, of course, being Ginger Rogers of whose famous accolade the second half probably did not apply to Pan"

    "She did everything the man did but backwards and in high heels!"

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 10, 2008 12:42:10 PM

  18. Chris and jerrychrist

    Have eithe of you ever danced more than 2 bodies gyrating on a dance floor?

    1 male partners takes the lead and the other can do all the "stunning moves" you mentioned only females could do. If you atched 2 males not doing such then you were just watching horid dances.

    1 takes the lead the other doesnt lead, where is the problem with doing those "stunning" ballroom and moves?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 1:14:42 PM

  19. I'm no fan of Bass. When he "came out" he made a huge point of being undetectable or "straight acting and appearing". As if. He seems to be an alpha attention whore. Remember the "I'm going to be the first Queen in space" period?
    I don't see why he would be paired with a man. It sorta adds what might be an unfair advantage/disadvantage into the competition. Also, the show is still doing well, it's a little early to jump the shark. Besides, when it's time for that hopefully, Sanjaya will be ready to come out.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 10, 2008 1:17:02 PM

  20. Damn

    so many guys with f'd up views on male on male dancing

    2 well trained male dancers can do better than a mae female combo.

    WTF is up with you guys?

    Seriously think twice about why you have isses wth male male dancing. Do you have innner issues? Hold over brainwashing from the homophobes?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 1:18:41 PM

  21. Btw, I'd kill for a copy of those bootleg Yma Sumac tapes! Any of you just out kids who don't know who she is, download her now! She's your first music for your first apt. Play her while you assemble the Ikea casual chairs and mix your first Martinis!

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Jul 10, 2008 1:20:55 PM

  22. PS

    LOL Michael bedwell on the moves needing a vagina


    I have danced male male combo and not one of them were dates. Therewas the mae lead and meand we had fun and 1 lead in particular spun me around the dnce floor so much and so well that it felt like my feet never touched the ground.

    It is all in / on the lead. A Good lead can get the other to do all kinds of amazing and spectacular moves

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 10, 2008 1:22:45 PM

  23. Speaking of Reichen....I wonder how he's faring in the vetting process?

    Obama/Lehmkuhl ’08!

    Posted by: 24play | Jul 10, 2008 1:27:05 PM

  24. As others have said, it's dancing not screwing. It's also a contest, and if the other pairs are all made up of male/female duos, then the most fair and even way to judge one against another is to start on a balanced playing field of teams with the same make-up.

    If they have a bisexual contestant, would you expect them to have two partners, one male and one female, with three people dancing at once? It's just a ludicrous jump to suppose that you have to match dancers up with someone they would (theoretically) want to have sex with.

    Posted by: paul | Jul 10, 2008 1:40:50 PM

  25. Im sorry, but its common knowledge that the male dancer has an easier time of it. That is why that Kristy is the only real female winner of Dancing with the Stars (season 1 was a farce and everybody knows it). The male stars get to almost just stand there and do nothing while the female pro dancers do all the work. The female celebrities dont have a chance unless they already have some dance/athletic training.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 10, 2008 1:42:28 PM

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