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'DWTS' 2014 rumors: 'The Walking Dead' alum eager to compete

A Twitter campaign is attempting to secure 'The Walking Dead' actor Vincent M. Ward a spot as a celebrity contestant on 'DWTS' season 19.
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"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres Sept. 15 on ABC with an all-new cast of celebrity mirror ball trophy hopefuls. As show producers busily build the season 19 cast, a series of July 19 tweets posted to the wall of "The Walking Dead" alum Vincent M. Ward seems designed to send the head honchos of the hit ABC reality dance competition one message: call me.

Ward's Twitter page is home base to a slew of impassioned tweets directed to the official "DWTS" account. Nearly all of the messages ask producers to include him as part of the fall 2014 cast. Even Ward is taking part in the effort being made on his behalf, posting creative images of his own that feature his head atop various dancers' bodies along with the tag "#vincentmwardDWTSSeason19." The most heavily retweeted image features Ward standing in front of red text that features the #vincentmwardDWTSSeason19 hashtag as well as the show's name.

Ward played Oscar for seven episodes of the fan-favorite AMC series "The Walking Dead" in 2012. He's also had roles in a number of popular television programs, including "True Blood," "NCIS," "Army Wives," and "Psych," among others, and several movies including the George Clooney hit "Ocean's Eleven."

When asked by Examiner to explain his desire to compete, Ward's answer was a simple one. "[D]ancing with my 1st love when I was younger," he tweeted. Although he had no preference when it came to which female pro he might join on the dance floor, he expressed admiration for season 18 winner Maksim Chmerkovskiy's "style and charisma." He also named reality star Jack Osbourne, actor Jaleel White, rapper Lil Kim, and NFL legend Jerry Rice as his favorite former contestants.

In addition to Ward, a few other celebrity names have been floated as potential additions to the cast. Included are country pop crossover queen Shania Twain, who told fans she would consider a spin around the ballroom floor when asked during a July 14 Facebook chat; "Hardcore Pawn" star Ashley Gold; and soccer players Landon Donovan and Tim Howard.

Although some celebs actively campaign for spots on the roster prior to each and every season, others have no interest in tackling the challenge. Personalities who have removed themselves from potential casting consideration include "Boy Meets World" alum Rider Strong and "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne. Although Osbourne told Examiner that she loves the show, she also shared that she does not love the idea of the sweat that results from dancing for long hours on end.

"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres this fall. Be on the lookout for casting updates as the start date approaches.

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