Is Cheryl Burke, a veteran cast member of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," set to become the newest star of the network's dating show "The Bachelorette"?
The 28-year-old pro-dancer would love to star on the latter series, if she is considered for the part, her rep told OTRC.com. However, nothing has been confirmed and ABC has never commented about future cast members until an official announcement is made.
"The Bachelorette," a spin-off of "The Bachelor," focuses on a woman who goes out on lavish dates with a group of male contestants in a bid to find love. The show typically ends with a proposal.
"I have met with the producers of 'The Bachelorette' and I also have met with ABC producers and development executives, just to develop other shows," E! News quoted Burke as saying.
"I realize that 'Dancing' won't be on air forever," she said. "I'm taking this opportunity now to develop shows. I met with different high-powered producers, companies and networks about possibly doing new shows, and The Bachelorette happened to be one of them. If I don't do 'The Bachelorette,' I'm sure I'll be doing something else very soon."
Burke has competed on "Dancing With The Stars" since 2006 and won the competition during both season 2 and 3 that year. The series is currently on its 15th season - the "All-Stars" installment, which features returning celebrity finalists and winners. Burke's current dance partner is retired NFL player Emmitt Smith (pictured above).
Burke told People magazine in June that her "dating record hasn't been great the past couple of years" and that if she got the chance to appear on "The Bachelorette," she would take it.
Burke told E! News in her latest interview that the show could be a way for her to "focus on a way to find true love." She said she dated a few guys over the summer but that ultimately, she ends up "picking the wrong people."
"I'm turning 29 soon, and it's something I really want to have," she said. "I want to be in a relationship. I've been so married to my work lately that it's been a struggle to find a boyfriend, or find someone to talk to. I haven't had a proper date in two, three years."
In July, People magazine reported that Burke was dating hockey player Joffrey Lupul. She has not commented about it.
"For me, I know exactly what I don't want and what I want in a guy," she told E! News. "I'm not doing it to be on television - I'm already on television! I'm not doing it to get exposure; I already have exposure. I think some people may go on there with a different type of goal of what they want to accomplish. For me, it would purely be to find someone to date, hopefully fall in love and get engaged."
"Bachelor" breakups and marriages:
Most of the stars of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" got engaged to the contestants they picked to win - and later broke up.
The most recent star of "The Bachelor," Ben Flajnik, revealed that month that he and winner Courtney Robertson had also called off their engagement. The latest "Bachelorette," season 15's Emily Maynard, and winner and fiance Jef Holm announced in October that they had parted ways.
"Bachelorette" season 1 star Trista Rehn and contestant Ryan Sutter wed in 2003, the year of the show's debut, and are the only couple to have married after one of them competed for the other's hand during the series. Their wedding also aired on TV. The pair has two children.
A few other contestants from different seasons and shows from the "Bachelor" franchise have also made it down the aisle.
"Bachelor" - "Dancing With The Stars" crossovers:
In recent years, the stars of both "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have usually been finalists from the sister series. However, there have been crossovers with "Dancing With The Stars" - even an international one.