Say goodbye to the likes of Ralph Macchio and Kendra Wilkinson on “Dancing with the Stars” … TMZ has learned producers are on the hunt for more “high profile” celebs next season … in the hopes of cutting down on the gimmicky stars they’ve booked in the past.
Sources connected to the show tell TMZ … producers are under direct orders to find “more high profile” people than in the past seasons … after booking a string of D-listers like The Situation, Kate Gosselin, Audrina Patridge, Jake Pavelka and Holly Madison.
In order to lock down the BIG names, we’re told producers are offering A-listers complete control over their rehearsal schedule — telling them there’s NO minimum rehearsal requirements … and they can practice as little or as much as they want.
Celebs will also have final say on music selections and costume design … including colors, cuts and styles.
So far, no word if producers have signed any of the “high profile” people in their crosshairs.