'Dancing With the Stars': Why Ashley Hamilton is more of a star than Dean McDermott

Ashley_dean_290 One of the things actor Dean McDermott is known for is actively campaigning to be on "Dancing With the Stars." And while his claim on being a "star" is debatable, when you look at the new cast list one might very well go, "Well, why Ashley Hamilton and not Dean McDermott?"

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Let us break it down for you.

The Work

Dean does have 75 acting credits to his name. But mostly he's known for the Oxygen reality show he does with his wife Tori Spelling, "Home Sweet Hollywood." And would he have that series if it weren't for his being married to Tori? Uh, no.

Ashley has done a couple acting gigs; most notably 12 episodes of "Sunset Beach." However, he did co-write the song "Come Undone" with Robbie Williams.

The Nepotism

Ashley's dad, George, was on Season 2.

The closest Dean has come to "DWTS" is in that his wife's friends/former co-stars Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth who were on Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.

The 90210

As mentioned before, Dean is married to Tori Spelling who played Donna Martin on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210."

But Ashley was not only married to original "90210" star Shannen Doherty, he was also engaged to new "90210-er" Sara Foster.

Fine. At this point Jon Gosselin is probably more of a "star" than either Ashley or Dean, but when it comes to star adjacency, we're giving Ashley Hamilton the edge.

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