Dancing with the Stars season 25: Rachel Lindsay, DeMario Jackson unlikely

Rachel LindsayWhile Dancing with the Stars season 25 is coming onto ABC this fall, it doesn’t seem as though Rachel Lindsay has the casting momentum Nick Viall did.

While a source tells Variety that the show has “taken meetings” with potential people from the Bachelor franchise leading up to the show’s premiere this fall, they have not discussed anything with DeMario Jackson, despite some rumors. It also doesn’t look like Rachel or anyone else is a frontrunner for a number of different reasons:

“I think [ABC] was really happy with how Nick Viall did in the spring, but if I had to guess, I’d guess that this fall, the show would probably take a break from Bachelor Nation. [The network] doesn’t like these shows to feel too intertwined.”

The problem with this quote coming out is tied to the perception that The Bachelorette leads are routinely blocked off in some way from being a part of the show. While Trista Sutter was on the very first season of the dance competition show, it was not directly after her season aired. Kaitlyn Bristowe famously revealed that Bachelor franchise creator Mike Fleiss blocked her from taking part, and some of female leads in the past have indicated that they were at least in consideration.

There is a commercial component to this to go along with the claims of potential sexism. The Bachelor is the higher-rated of the two shows, and people like Viall have the benefit of recency on their side when you consider that they are in the ballroom dancing a good week or so after they finish the gig on the other show. For Bachelorette stars, there is more than a month in between.

Still, ABC is seriously insulting their audience if they think that they can’t cast a Bachelorette star because of recency. Just for the sake of mixing it up they should do it; if not that, then how about for the sake of fairness? Rachel in particular would be a great addition given that she’s not a dancer, and would have the troubles that many of the Bachelor guys have — trying to get the moves down, while also struggling to find a way to emote in front of an audience. While on The Bachelorette you do at times have to get vulnerable while you’re in the process of sharing your thoughts, that’s different from playing a character and trying to do that while also showing some talent on the floor. There’s a lot that goes into being a competitor on the show, and it’s so much harder than it may seem at present.

Do you want to see Rachel on Dancing with the Stars this season?

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