Aly Raisman Mark BallasHave you ever wondered whether the pros on Dancing With the Stars have any say as to who they're paired up with each season? I mean, you'd think they at least have some sort of input, being that they're literally glued at the hip to their partner for the duration of the show.

Well, if what Mark Ballas says about DWTS pairings is true -- they have absolutely no influence whatsoever on who producers choose to pair them with.

Or at least that's how he makes it sound in a TMZ video, where Mark opens up about dancing with Paula Deen if she winds up being part of the DWTS season 17 cast.

He basically says that being on the show is his job (imagine that), and that nobody can put up a fight about who they are paired with. Notice how he left out any personal feelings he may have for or against Paula.

Pretty cool that he kept his response classy, right? (Obviously he knows how to handle himself professionally.)

Ok, so now we know if Paula does get cast, who she is paired with is up to producers and producers alone. But every male pro on the show should be hoping and praying that Paula winds up being his partner. Hear me out.

Sure, she's very controversial these days -- but that's exactly why she'll wind up making it pretty far along on the show if she does make the cast roster. Her loyal fans will be rooting for her the entire time and voting like crazy to keep her around. In turn, viewers who don't particularly care for her will wind up voting for her to stay as well because they can't resist seeing her come back and tearing her performances to pieces each week. 

It's basically the Bristol Palin effect. Bristol wasn't a good dancer, at all -- and plenty of people couldn't stand her, but she still made it pretty far on both seasons she participated in. And that's exactly what will happen with Paula if she makes the cut -- I guarantee.

But something tells me she won't wind up cast with Mark (I mean this with the highest respect) because he's too short. Notice how he's always paired with itty-bitty gymnasts? Paula is probably more likely to dance with one of the Chmerkovskiys or one of the less vertically challenged dudes -- if she even winds up doing the show at all, of course.

And since DWTS season 17 premieres on September 16, we should know whether or not Paula is part of the cast in the next few weeks or so. (Cue the suspense.)

Are you surprised that the DWTS pros don't have a say as to who they are paired with?

 

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