In Touch says Dancing’s seventh cast includes Toni Braxton, Dan Marino, Lance Bass, Florence Henderson

Another tabloid has thrown out an alleged list of potential Dancing with the Stars 7 celebrity participants, which didn’t work so well for TMZ during season five.

In Touch Weekly’s report quotes an alleged insider, who says that “Toni Braxton, Kim Kardashian, Jewel’s boyfriend Ty Murray, Dan Marino, Lance Bass and Florence Henderson will all be competing. The cast is eclectic and diverse: We’ve got young, old, gay, straight, dance professionals and people who’ve never danced before. Some of the cast are already starting to work out and train, even though they won’t meet their dance partners for a few more weeks. It’s shaping up to be the most fun season yet!”

Usually “insider” is code for “we made this up,” “some drunk asshole with a vendetta,” or “a publicist.” Based upon the last three sentences of the “insider”‘s quote, which basically read like a press release, this may actually have come from someone at ABC or the show.

The list also repeats names that have been reported previously. Lance Bass’ participation was reported early last month, and Kim Kardashian’s name has been floating around for at least as long. In addition, the list includes Florence Henderson, who was also rumored to join the sixth-season cast, but obviously did not, and who recently said, “I had never done reality television, and I did it, and, I don’t have to do it again, I don’t think.”

In Touch Exclusive: Dancing With the Stars sneak peek! [In Touch Weekly]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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