As Season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” begins, and we prepare for the dance-spirations of the usual collection of retired athletes, reality show stars, various randos and recent Olympic champions who are obvious ringers and really shouldn’t be allowed to compete, America wonders about the chances of a 90s rapper turned television house rehabbers.
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Well, at least the part of America that lives in Palm Beach County and loves Vanilla Ice. And enjoys 90s rappers. And high top fades. And the DIY Network. (Also putting the rag top down so your hair can blow.)
So, what is the possibility that Wellington’s Rob Van Winkle, of “The Vanilla Ice Project” and “Ice Ice Baby” fame, could dance away with that mirror ball trophy? Honestly, it’s hard to say. There have been dancetestants that seemed sure things but came off like robots, like Olympian Lolo Jones, and seemingly middle-aged also-rans like comedian Bill Engvall who became not only audience favorites but legitimately better dancers.
Ice is – or at least was – known for his dance moves (see below) – but he admitted recently that at 48, they’ve gotten “rusty.” Then again, he is currently touring, so he’s still actively out there moving, and as he demonstrated on “Good Morning America” recently, he’s still enthusiastically attacking challenges. Of course, the Running Man isn’t a ballroom dance, so after the obligatory “Ice Ice Baby” freestyle, the Paso Doble looms, and I’m not sure how that goes with “Ninja Rap.”
Ice himself told me that he believes Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Lochte are going to be competitive, and since gymnasts like Hernandez have dance training, I expect her to win, honestly. I also worry about Marilu Henner, who claims she hasn’t had dance lessons since before Hernandez was born but is paired with pro and frequent winner Derek Hough, so she’s probably a ringer. Still, nobody expected Vanilla Ice to have a second career as Rappin’ Bob Vila, either. So we’ll see. My predictions – somewhere in the top five?
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