Simone Biles has quickly become the Rio Summer Olympics’ darling making it to mainstream consciousness with her gold-medal-worthy performances and celebrity tie-ins. This newfound stardom is what dance competition show “Dancing With the Stars” wants to capitalize on as they try to recruit the artistic gymnast for their 23rd season.
US Magazine reported that the American television series is trying to nab some Olympians to join their upcoming outing given that everyone appears to still be reeling from the Olympics. And while Biles’s 5 medals are not really the most an Olympian has gotten in the games, especially with the likes of swimmer Michael Phelps, the 17-year-old still was able to become the darling of the press. Her charismatic demeanor while setting a new American record for most gold medals won in women’s gymnastics at a single game has enchanted almost everybody.
The producers of “Dancing With the Stars” were contacted by the media outlet, but as expected, they offered no comment on the matter whatsoever. Needless to say, the ongoing rumor of Biles’s being on board will definitely draw in more interest in the show.
Meanwhile, the young Olympian was also asked for her thoughts with regard to putting her dancing chops to the test via the ABC show. While talking exclusively to E! Online‘s Zuri Hall at the P&G Family Home in Rio de Janeiro, Biles exuded enthusiasm at the thought of appearing in the dancing show. The only problem is that after wrapping up in the Olympics, her schedule is packed leaving no time for the long running competition.
“I would love to do ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” she started, “but so far we have a three month tour after this Olympics. I’m not sure if I’ll have time.”
Despite the hurdle, Biles is still optimistic even suggesting a more feasible time for her to join the show, saying, “I would really love to do it in the spring if that’s possible.”
No official lineup for “Dancing With the Stars” season 23 has been revealed as of yet. The roster will be formally announced on Aug. 30 on “Good Morning America.” The show is set to come back on air on Sept. 12, 8 p.m. ET.