'Dancing with the Stars' casting: How do you top a polarizing contestant like Bristol Palin?

bristolNo time to rest on one’s laurels: The producers of Dancing with the Stars returned to the drawing board this week to begin casting the show’s 12th edition that’ll bow in late March. Executive Producer Conrad Green and casting guru Deena Katz definitely have their work cut out for them: Though the show has featured its share of headline-grabbing contestants (Hi, Marie Osmond, Melissa Rycroft and Kate Gosselin!), no one has been quite so polarizing – and great for ratings – as season 11?s Bristol Palin.

"Each season we try to assemble a cast of characters that brings us something new," Green told EW. "That was the thought behind Bristol. We hadn’t had someone quite like her, and it worked. There’s a peculiar alchemy and there’s a lot of luck involved."

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