Randy Fenoli From ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Wants to Compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Randy Fenoli helps brides-to-be make their dreams come true on Say Yes to the Dress. The designer and Kleinfeld bridal consultant specializes in helping people find the perfect dress for their big day. But he has big dream of his own — to compete on Dancing With the Stars

Randy Fenoli says he ‘loves’ to dance

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Say Yes to the Dress host Randy Fenoli | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Discovery Inc.

Randy has a knack for matching a bride with the perfect gown, a skill he’s been showing off on Say Yes to the Dress since it premiered in 2007. But that’s not his only talent. He also loves to dance, and he’s dreamed about demonstrating his skills on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. 

“It’s been one of my goals,” Fenoli told Fox News. “I love, love, love to dance.” 

The 56-year-old said that he’s been trying to get on the show for the past decade. “I’ve called the producers, visited the set, met some of the dancers,” he said. “I’ve sent in videos!”

‘Dancing With the Stars’ returns in fall 2020

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Perhaps Fenoli will get his chance this year. ABC has confirmed that Dancing With the Stars will be back for a new season in the fall of 2020, with Tyra Banks taking over hosting duties from fired co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. And that’s not the only change in the works. The show will likely also have to make some changes to keep people safe from coronavirus (COVID-19), such as possibly eliminating the live audience or having judges work virtually, reported International Business Times.  

The full season 29 cast hasn’t been announced, but we do know that former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe will be competing. Like Fenoli, Bristowe has longed dream of strutting her stuff on DWTS. She could barely contain her excitement when Chris Harrison delivered the big news during the June 15 episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever.

“Are you serious, Chris? I’m shaking. Oh, my gosh. Chris, I’m going to cry,” Bristowe said. 

Fenoli says he never wanted to be on reality TV 

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Fenoli might dream of heading home with the coveted mirror ball trophy, but when he was first approached about being on television, he didn’t exactly jump at the chance. He told Fox News he “never wanted to be on reality TV” and initially turned down the chance to be on Say Yes to the Dress.  

Clearly, Fenoli had a change of heart, for which he says he is grateful. 

“I feel so blessed every single day that I’m able to do this show and be a part of it,” he said. 

The authentic, heartwarming nature of Say Yes to the Dress helps explain why it’s lasted 19 seasons, Fenoli said. It’s also why people are tuning in during the pandemic. 

“It is truly reality,” he said. “I don’t get any information on the brides until I go out and meet them because I want to make sure my reaction is truly real and happening in the moment.”

“We always leave you with hope,” he shared. “We deal with so many subjects that are not always easy but at the end [of the episode] there’s always this beautiful couple and wedding and you leave feeling like there’s hope.”

Say Yes to the Dress airs Saturdays at 8/7c on TLC.