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Ariana Madix Joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 32

By Emma Chance | TV | July 10, 2023 |

By Emma Chance | TV | July 10, 2023 |


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In a move shocking to nobody, Ariana Madix is milking her Scandoval fame for all it’s worth and joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars for season 32.

Madix made the announcement on Good Morning America with her dance partner, Derek Hough, last Friday. The pair sent in a highly scripted, highly cringey video, shot in the yet-to-be-opened sandwich shop, Something About Her, that Madix is building with her Vanderpump Rules costar, Katie Maloney.

“We are going absolutely Mad. Mad for Madix,” Hough exclaimed in the video. “Say ‘goodbye’ to the drama and ‘Hello’ to the dance floor!”

Madix is the first cast member of the upcoming DWTS season to be announced because the producers know what’s good for them. The reaction to Scandoval has been so seismic, we’ll be seeing the effects of it for decades to come: more reality stars achieving movie-star-level fame, more reality shows in general, moremoremore. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andy Cohen ran for president.

We’ll see if Madix can juggle her busy dancing schedule on top of filming the new season of Vanderpump and opening a sandwich shop. This writer doubts it. Can one person really be so wholesomely famous and universally adored? Will her rendition of the foxtrot finally bring about her downfall? Or will SAH go the way of Shwartz & Sandy’s, which is to say, barely opening before something inevitably happens on Vanderpump that besmirches her’s and Maloney’s good names and scares away customers? I’m not holding my breath. Lest we forget Murphy’s law.

The full cast of DWTS will be revealed on GMA on September 13th.