Wait, Amanda Bynes Was Almost On Dancing With The Stars?

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Amanda Bynes was almost on the current season of Dancing with the Stars. That’s right, fans of the ABC dancing competition were this-close to seeing Bynes compete and potentially perform on Disney Night. Had Bynes signed on, it would have marked a return to television for the All That alum after quite a long break from series TV.

The actress previously starred in the Nickelodeon sketch comedy from 1996-2002 and later starred opposite BH90210’s Jennie Garth in The WB sitcom, What I Like About You from 2002-2006. Amanda Bynes has not acted since the 2010 film Easy A. Bynes’ return to television via Dancing with the Stars ended up not coming together for Season 28. So, what happened?

Well, Amanda Bynes was in talks to join the cast of the 2019 spring edition of Dancing with the Stars, according to US Weekly. Discussions between Bynes and the ABC show ended up not working out. Bynes reportedly decided that the reality dance competition was not what she envisioned for her future, according to the site’s unnamed source.

Amanda Bynes' decision to decline a chance to compete for the mirror ball came for a reason. The She’s the Man star is looking for a “steady acting role” to make a potential showbiz comeback, according to ET. But, Dancing with the Stars has been a great way for actors to make a splash again.

However, it is not a scripted series, so it makes sense for Amanda Bynes to pass in favor of an acting gig. The actress had previously acknowledged she was interested in getting back on television. Last year, Bynes made inroads for a career comeback with a magazine profile piece. Time will tell if she ever opts for a run on Dancing with the Stars to increase the chances of that happening.

I think it would be a cool show for her to do. Season 28 has had to go on without Amanda Bynes, though. The series recently welcomed back former competitor Leah Remini as a guest judge. But, it has not all been good news when it comes to Dancing with the Stars and its celebrity contestants.

NFL star Ray Lewis had to leave the show due to injury. Lewis’ was the second injury-related withdrawal of Dancing with the Stars’ current season after supermodel Christie Brinkley was the first to drop out. The tragic trend subsequently opened the door to questions about the rigors of training for the series.

Could Amanda Bynes compete for the much-coveted mirror ball in the future? Stay tuned. Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba is hoping the series makes it to Season 30. If her dream comes true, the dance competition would have more opportunities for Bynes to waltz her way back to television.

New episodes of Dancing with the Stars air Mondays, at 8 p.m. ET, on ABC. Season 28 of the reality dance competition is one of this fall’s premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.