Apparently, not even tax problems can convince Lindsay Lohan to take a paycheck from “Dancing with the Stars.” The show has reportedly been interested in casting the troubled teen star for years, and even this week they made her a new offer that is certainly lucrative: over $500,000 to take part in the show for a few months this spring. However, TMZ reports that Lohan has turned them down yet again.
So why doesn’t Lindsay want to wear sequins and cha-cha around the stage? It seems to ultimately have to do with her distaste for being on a reality TV show, even if it is one that draws more viewers than any other celebrity-oriented program out there (let alone way more than what “Liz & Dick” scored for Lifetime).
To an extent, we understand that to someone like Lohan who was once a sought-after actress, taking this job could feel like a white flag that her career is struggling. However, the benefits here far outweigh the disadvantages if she could humble herself enough to take the gig. For one, “Dancing with the Stars” is owned by a company Lohan has worked well with in the past in Disney, and it would give her a set schedule as well as a tight-knit group of people that she could call friends. Louis van Amstel would actually be a great partner for her in that he would be a strict teacher, but at the same time a nurturer who would feed her with positivity.
As for her career, showing stability and getting glowing reviews from the cast and crew could help her to receive more jobs elsewhere. Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini are two examples of actors who have landed new roles following their time on the show, and it also gave such people as William Levy and J.R. Martinez platforms for the first time with U.S. audiences. You also cannot forget that the show has developed a reputation for helping celebrities who have been through some hard times in their past. (See what it has done for Kelly Osbourne?)
Overall, a little bit of “Dancing with the Stars” would do Lindsay some good … but we seriously don’t think that her ego would allow her to join the show even for $1 million.
This is not the first time that “Dancing with the Stars” has come up dry in their pursuit of a big name this year; they also reportedly went after Ann Romney, but she turned them down despite being so big a fan that she was in attendance for the “All-Stars” finale.