DWTS All Star cast announced, one spot still open

DWTS All Star cast announced, one spot still open

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DWTS All Star cast announced, one spot still open


by Good Afternoon America/ABC


Posted on July 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 3:01 PM

(Good Afternoon America/ABC) -- Paul Lee, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, announced the new cast at the Television Critics Association conference. The alumni's professional partners were not announced, but will be revealed Monday, Aug. 13 on "Good Morning America."

With the mix of previous champs, finalists and fan favorites in the cast, the stage is set for a heated competition and the show's long-time fans will undoubtedly be torn. Which celebrity are you rooting for this time around? Which star do you want to see in that 13th spot?

The all-star line-up will hit the dance floor on the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show."

PHOTOS: Click here to see photos of the all-stars in action!

Meet Season 15’s All-Star Cast

Shawn Johnson, Season 8

Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson transitioned seamlessly from the balance beam to the ballroom and won season 8 with pro partner Mark Ballas. Johnson narrowly beat out French actor Gilles Marini to win the mirror ball.  Johnson could not attend the announcement since she was in London at the Olympics.

Pamela Anderson, Season 10
Actress and model Pamela Anderson sizzled on the dance floor on season 10. Though she was eliminated in week six of the competition, Anderson will be sure to add sex appeal to the all-star lineup.

Kelly Monaco, Season 1

The “General Hospital' star and model was “Dancing’s” inaugural winner in 2005. Monaco narrowly escaped a wardrobe malfunction after her dress strap broke mid-routine.

Bristol Palin, Season 11
The “Life’s a Tripp” reality star and daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was one of the most talked about contestants of season 11. Palin and pro partner Mark Ballas made it to the finals amid controversy. Though she consistently scored at the bottom of the leader board based on judges’ scores, Palin was voted back week after week, causing some viewers and critics to accuse her mother’s Tea Party supporters of stuffing the ballot box for the younger Palin to stay on in the competition. Palin brushed off her critics and will continue her “Dancing” run this season.

Melissa Rycroft, Season 8
The TV personality and new mom rocketed to fame after her reality TV relationship on “The Bachelor” crumbled in front of television audiences. Rycroft was tapped to replace injured season 8 contestant Nancy O’Dell at the last minute and the rest is history. Instantly a fan favorite, Rycroft and her professional partner Tony Dovolani placed third overall.

Kirstie Alley, Season 12

Actress Kirstie Alley came in second with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, losing out to NFL star Hines Ward. A fan favorite, Alley gained dancing prowess week after week and lost a remarkable amount of weight on the show. On the season 12 finale, she showcased a much slimmer figure, wearing the same costume from the show’s premiere night that had reportedly been taken in 38 inches to fit her new frame.

Drew Lachey, Season 2
Delivering consistently energized performances, the former 98 Degrees member was an early front runner and went on to win the second season of the show with pro-partner Cheryl Burke in 2006. His country freestyle to Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” is one of the most memorable dances ever and was voted the No. 1 dance of all time by fans in 2011.

Emmitt Smith, Season 3
Former Dallas Cowboy star Emmitt Smith was the first athlete to take home the mirror ball trophy. Smith was a fan favorite and with coaching from pro Cheryl Burke, the NFL star proved that football players can cha-cha too.

Joey Fatone, Season 4
The former member of 'N Sync danced with pro Kym Johson and placed second overall back in 2007. (Fatone lost out to Olympian Apollo Ohno, who is also competing on season 15). Fatone has kept up his dancing skills on “DWTS: Live in Las Vegas.”

Apolo Anton Ohno, Season 4

The former U.S. Olympic speed skater and eight-time medalist won season 4 with pro partner Julianne Hough in 2007. Ohno’s technique and enthusiasm scored him major points with judges, who gave the Olympian a perfect 30 early on in the competition. His hip-hop inspired freestyle dance was voted No. 7 of all-time best dances in 2011.

Helio Castroneves, Season 5
The Brazilian race car driver was the big winner on season 5, quickstepping his way to the finish line with pro partner Julianne Hough. The Indy 500 champion’s fast feet and his high-octane performances endeared him to the judges and the fans.

Gilles Marini, Season 8
The French actor, best known for his sultry scenes in "Sex and the City: The Movie," was a finalist on the eighth season, narrowly losing out to Shawn Johnson. Marini was a front-runner and favorite of the judges throughout the season but fell short of the mirror ball trophy.

Viewer's Choice: All-Star
For the first time in "Dancing" history, the 13th contestant will be voted on by fans online. Fashion commentator Carson Kressley (Season 13), singer Sabrina Bryan (Season 5), Disney Channel star Kyle Massey (Season 11) are vying for votes to score the coveted 13th spot in the competition. The winner won't be announced until Aug. 27. Watch "Good Morning America" Monday to see these stars live!

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