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Brooke Burke confirms ‘DWTS’ co-host rumors

The brunette beauty confirmed she is a contender to replace Samantha Harris, who announced her departure from the show earlier this year.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

A new contender has emerged in the battle to become Tom Bergeron’s “Dancing with the Stars” co-host — season seven  winner Brooke Burke.

The brunette beauty confirmed she is a contender to replace Samantha Harris, who announced her departure from the show earlier this year.

“btw, the news about me hosting DWTS is true. I am screen testing next week for the job, fingers crossed!” Burke wrote on her Twitter on Wednesday. “It would be amazing 2 be back!”

Burke has plenty of television hosting experience. She previously helmed the hosting mic for CBS’ “Rockstar: INXS” and “Rockstar: Supernova,” which helped both groups find lead singers. She also spent years hosting “Wild On” on E!

“Dancing” returns to ABC in March and the show has made no announcement about Harris’ replacement, but according to reports — including one from E! last Friday — three women are in the running, including Nick Lachey’s main squeeze, Vanessa Minillo, and former “Dancing” finalist ex “Bachelor” beauty Melissa Rycroft.

Like Burke, Rycroft has some “DWTS” experience. She stepped in last minute during season eight, when Access Hollywood alumna Nancy O’Dell had to leave the competition due to a torn meniscus.

O’Dell has also been rumored to take the “Dancing” job, but her publicist recently told Zap2it that the rumors were speculation.

Last week, E! had reported that yet another blonde presenter, Ashlan Gorse (a former Access Hollywood employee), was a rumored candidate. Gorse would not comment to the Web site on the rumor.