We don’t think that you can ever speculate too much about an upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, and since our imaginations have already gone a little haywire, we decided to come up with our own very lengthy lists of potential celebrities for our #1 pro – Tristan MacManus. We didn’t check each other’s lists, so excuse any overlap. The only name that was off limits was the number one celebrity on each list, and there was no chance of us stepping on each other’s toes because Shakes had never even heard of SWAT’s #1 celebrity choice. Maybe if she watched the Cooking Channel she would recognize the celebrity and finally figure out how to cook too, but that’s another story for another time. We revealed the top choices to each other in advance, but everything else was a surprise. So here you have our individual choices of 10 celebrities who we think would be perfect for Tristan in Season 17.
10 celebrities for Tristan – Shakes style
Just a warning… I stole some of your ideas from our Fans’ Favorites poll, and I borrowed a great adjective from Mrs. ATA. You guys gave me a lot of inspiration.
The absolute perfect choice for a partner for Tristan is the exotically beautiful and extraordinarily talented pairs skater Ekaterina Gordeeva. She was the one we mentioned in our last blog, and the one we can’t get out of our mind. She is 5’1”, 41 years old, graceful, musical, artistic, and with such beautiful lines that she is unmatched. She can play a role, she is feisty, and this is our idea of a perfect dancing match. She and Tristan would be our Dream Team. Big time. If the MacManiacs heard this woman announced as Tristan’s partner, there would probably be so much noise resulting from our happy dances that the earth would tremble and result in all kind of disasters, but we just wouldn’t be able to help ourselves. The idea is just that delicious.
The best of the rest, in no particular order…
Dominique Moceanu – Age 31, 5’3” – Yes. I chose another athlete because I loved Tristan’s interaction with the one athlete he has had as a partner – even if we only got to see them together for a couple of very short weeks. Tristan and an athlete are DWTS heaven. Dominique is feisty and talented, and we think she and Tristan would have a blast together, yet they wouldn’t take themselves too seriously. Not too old, not too young, athletic yet artistic. What’s not to love?
Mia Hamm – Age 41, 5’5” - The chances are slim to none that this would ever happen, but can you imagine the horsing around she and Tristan would do in rehearsals? They would probably play more football than practice the Foxtrot, but we can see them eventually settling down and getting down to business and turning up the heat, and we might have the added bonus of seeing Nomar Garciaparra in the audience every week.
Alicia Sacramone - 5’1” age 25 – Alicia is probably the most artistic of all the gymnasts in recent years. She’s sexy, she’s beautiful, and she’s fun. She’s also retired from gymnastics, and she’s not 16, 18, or 20. I am definitely in favor of this one. The age is right, and she can play any role Tristan gives her. I think we would see a whole lot of sizzle but also just enough athleticism to make for a very interesting freestyle. Oh, didn’t we mention that this gymnast would no doubt make it to the finale not only because she has the skills, but also because she would have the pro that is going to pull out all the stops and have her dancing to a little Empire Saints?
Tiffani Thiessen – Age 39. 5’5” tall. This seems just about perfect to me. Beautiful, sensuous, and an actress. She is a bit edgy, did we mention beautiful? We vote for a Week 1 Rumba. Tristan could teach Ms. Thiessen how to move the hips in less than three seconds, and we would all melt into a puddle of good in five..
Finola Hughes – Age 53, 5’5” – Ringer, ringer, ringer, ringer. Who cares if she is 53 years old? We all kow that ABC is likely to pair Tristan with a “more mature” celebrity, and we say Finola Hughes would be a lock for a mirrorball, but only if she was paired with Mr. MacManus. The British actress and the Irish heartthrob would not only spontaneously combust but probably create a whole new branch of chemistry. Organic chemistry. Inorganic chemistry. Analytical Chemistry. Physical Chemistry. I think “physical chemistry” was just redefined.
Nadia Comaneci – Age 51, 5’5” – What’s not to love about this pairing? She’s a knockout, she’s an athlete, she’s loved worldwide, and she’s a gymnastics legend, much as Dorothy Hamill is a figure skating legend. I wouldn’t mind seeing Bart Connor in the audience either. She is also, age wise, a celebrity likely to be paired with Tristan. We like the pairing because they would win. Why? Because they could be intense, yet fun, passionate, but believable.
Piper Perabo – Age 36, 5’6” – Since Coyote Ugly we’ve loved her, and her beauty and skills just might translate into something magical on the dance floor. Beautiful, sexy, sensuous. She’s a great actress and she’s beautiful, but she also has the look of the All-American girl that would win the hearts of everybody. If she can dance that well on the bar at Coyote Ugly, we imagine Tristan would soon turn her into the best of the best in the ballroom. And then there’ the Samba possibility….or the Lambada…Bolero…Rooomba.
Emmanuelle Chrique – Age 35, 5’3” – She was on our wish list for Season 16, and we still haven’t forgotten her. She’s a stunner. Does anybody but me remember seeing her in “On the Line” with Lance Bass years ago? Okay, that was hardly a blockbuster, but she made an impression on us then, and we want her on DWTS now.
Katarina Witt – Age 47, 5’5” – Katarina is the one duplicate on our lists, and there is very little wrong with this potential pairing. Sexy, sultry, sensuous, scintillating, and even sybaritic, this possibility takes our breath away. Yes, I love alliteration, but this is nothing new. I could go on forever. Just imagine what will happen after Week 1 when we come up with delicious descriptions of that Cha Cha. We will use words like titillating, tantalizing, tempting, taunting, and (thanks to Mrs. ATA for the idea) transcendent. And that’s just the beginning.
10 celebrities for Tristan – SWAT style
Nadia G – I often find myself channel surfing, and most of the time I land on the Cooking Channel. Enter Nadia G and her strange, yet rather interesting show "Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen.” For those who do not know her, she's a Rockabilly Biker Chick that has some major chef skills. She even has a tough gal New Yorker meets Canadian accent which kind of grates on your nerves but the more you watch her the more you start thinking, “Dang. She’s kind of hot.” I would love to see her dance with Tristan. Both of them have tattoos and plenty of sass and spunk and would make one of the most entertaining partnerships DWTS has ever seen. Just think about it, and give the idea a chance.
Katarina Witt - This is the only duplicate on our lists, and considering we share a brainstem, we’re pretty surprised about that. This woman is one sultry mama. Not only is she athletic and no doubt graceful from all her years of figure skating, but she also radiates raw sexual energy. Just think of how Tristan and Katarina would smolder during a passionate Argentine Tango. Yeah, I almost went *thud* too.
Candace Cameron Bure - So Candace is a little on the conservative side but she's perky, and fun and gorgeous in that girl next door kind of way. Tristan is amazing at choreographing around his partners strengths and weaknesses so there is no doubt that he could churn out a romantic, yet tasteful Rumba for him and Candace. Partner their sweet charisma with a healthy dose of nostalgic fan votes and this could be a winning team.
Patricia Arquette - This might seems like an odd match up but we all rather liked David Arquette when he was on the show so who says that we couldn't get into the idea of his sister following in his DWTS footsteps? Patricia has always seemed a little shy and reserved, but I'd like to see her fun side come out in the rehearsal footage. If anyone can make her feel at ease and enjoy herself on the show, it's Tristan. No doubt he'd have her laughing in no time once he teaches her the "tird" step.
Lori Laughlin - Like Candace, Lori has nostalgia working in her favor, but I think there could be something here. Lori and Tristan could get together and fill that "Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky" void we've been suffering since Full House ended. Tristan is the gorgeous nice guy rebel with tattoos, and Lori is well....Lori. These two would be an awesome team. Contrasts work and they can also create passion and amazing chemistry. This is one of those examples.
Molly Ringwald - Why haven' we had a member of the Brat Pack on the show yet? Again this would be a girl next door/boy next door marriage in Breakfast Club heaven. Want to bet we'd be seeing a ballroom dance to "Simple Minds,” and this time minus Kate Gosselin. Add an 80's theme week and hello MBT!
Tatyana Ali - I'm starting to realize that many of my choices for Tristan are from shows that used to be on TGIF, so I guess there is a theme here. Tatyana Ali is gorgeous, talented (she's a singer too, ya know?) and exotic. Tristan and exotic would be pret-ty hot together so I won't get too descriptive with this one. I'm sure y’all can figure it out.
Keisha Knight Pulliam - I don't know if ya'll have seen Rudy Huxtable lately? She went from being an adorable little rug rat to a stunning woman. She's the perfect kind of celebrity for the show too because she really hasn't done all that much since The Cosby Show but everyone wants to see her resurface. Just imagine a fun and flirty Cha Cha.
Dominique Dawes - This is an obvious choice because Dominique Dawes is a gymnast, and the DWTS crowd loves figure skaters, and they also love gymnasts. She's also an older gymnast, one that didn't just backflip across the ol' London tumbling mat, so it would be great to see her performing again. The possibilities would be endless here with Tristan's chance to do some more creative choreography. I'm thinking, a fast as lightening jive full of athletic elements. Woohoo!
Gabrielle Reese - Misty Mae Treanor was a good fit for DWTS and unfortunately her ride on DWTS was cut incredibly short, so I am in the mood to see another volleyball player. The cool thing about women volleyball players are that they are strong and athletic but also feminine and statuesque and pretty light on their feet. Gabrielle was at the head of her game back in the 90's but has been keeping things quiet for a while. It's time to bring her on the dance floor and show those other female pros what long legs are supposed to look like. Tristan and Gabrielle would be gorgeous together, and we really don’t care if Gabrielle is a wee bit taller. It didn’t matter with Val and Zendaya, and it wouldn’t matter with Tristan and Gabrielle.
So what do you think of our 19 possible choices for a celebrity partner for Tristan for Season 17? Who would you like to see as Tristan's partner?