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August 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

More and more celebrities appear to be waging PR campaigns via social media and the press to land positions either as judges or contestants on top-rated network talent contests — and often succeeding. A day after Nick Jonas, of the pop group the Jonas Brothers tweeted that he was being considered to replace Steven Tyler on America’s Got Talent, Olympic gold-medal swimmer Ryan Lochte said in London that he’d like to become a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. Lochte also proposed that the show’s producers sign up Michael Phelps to compete against him. “I mean since I am so used to competing against Michael Phelps, yeah, I’d have him on the show,” he told reporters. A report on NBC’s Today show website said that when it contacted DWTS producers, it was told, “Nothing is in the works yet … but rest assured either [Lochte or Phelps] — or even better, both of them — would be welcome in the ballroom.”