In an interview with GQ, ESPN’s sideline reporter goddess Erin Andrews reveals that coworkers Digger Phelps and Dick Vitale would be interested in competing on Dancing With the Stars. When asked which co-worker would be interested in joining the show, EA had this to say:
“I think Desmond Howard would be really cute on the show. He’s got the style and the poise to do it. I know Digger Phelps wants to do it, I know Dick Vitale wants to do it, and I love both of those guys so very much, but I don’t think they realize how much training is involved. I think Chris Fowler would be adorable on it, but I think Des would be great.”
Sports stars are no stranger to the show, with Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, and Hines Ward all being winners of the show. Many others have also competed, with varying results. But when it comes to announcers? ESPN coworker Kenny Mayne was on season two of the show, and was actually the first competitor eliminated after a pitiful score of 13. In fact, on the 200th episode of the show, the hosts did an awards ceremony, and Mayne was given the honor of “best, worst dancer”…
Personally, I think it’s pretty obvious that Vitale and Phelps would fall into Mayne’s school of doing it for the laughs as opposed to Andrews’ of taking it seriously and practicing really hard in an attempt to win. Then again, if you’ve got a pair of men in their 70s competing on a dancing reality show… they might actually get seriously hurt. But I’m sure they’d make me laugh in the process!