'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars' cast revealed, includes Bristol Palin
The cast of "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars" includes past winners and finalists such as Bristol Palin, season 1 winner, two Olympic gold medalists and actresses Pamela Anderson and Kirstie Alley.
The group was announced on Friday, July 27, at ABC's Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills, California. The celebrities' professional dance partners will be revealed on August 13 and it is not likely that the stars will compete with their original dance partner. The new season is the franchise's 15th installment and is set to premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
Executive Producer Conrad Green said that the format of the "All-Star" season will be a bit different, especially since there will be 13 contestants instead of the usual 11 or 12.
"There'll be some tweaks & where we don't eliminate people, some weeks where we'll have double eliminations," Green told reporters at the TCA panel. "Most of the people here have done most of the dances if not all of the dances before. So the level of competition is going to be quite intense."
Green said that they will have to "recalibrate" the judges slightly, since otherwise there would be 9s and 10s right of the top of the show - in other words, the judges are likely to be more critical. He added, "But essentially it'll be the same competition."
1. Bristol Palin - she is the daughter of Republican former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and raised controversy with her teenage pregnancy during the 2008 campaign. She and her son Tripp starred in a Lifetime reality show earlier this year. Bristol came in third in season 11 in 2010. (See photos of her performances.)
"God provides opportunities like this for me. this is an amazing opportunity. I get to work with awesome people and it's a positive, active show. It's going to be awesome," Palin said when asked why she chose to do the "All-Star" season. When a reporter attempted to rephrase the question, she snapped, "Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do."
When the single mother was asked how she would feel if she were partnered with a gay partner, she said, "You know what - I like gays. I'm not a homophobic and I'm so sick of people saying that, just because I'm for traditional marriage doesn't really mean I'm scared or anything of anyone else and I don't hate anybody. You know people are going to make up stuff about me no matter what and... whatever. I'm going to go dance, I'm going to have fun."
2. Helio Castroneves - the Brazilian auto racing driver won the fifth season in 2007. He competes in the North American Indy Car Series racing competition and returned for his 13th season with Team Penske in 2012.
3. Kelly Monaco - this actress, who is best known for her portrayal of Sam McCall on ABC soap opera "General Hospital," won the first season of the reality dancing competition in 2005. Monaco has also appeared on series like "Port Charles," "Baywatch" and "Spin City."
Monaco told reporters that it has been seven years since she has danced, adding, "It's going to be interesting. It's going to be a lot of hard work."
4. Shawn Johnson - this Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast won season 8 in 2009. The 20-year-old athlete was the youngest contestant on "Dancing With The Stars," when she was 17. Johnson was training for the 2012 Olympic Team, but withdrew due to an injury and retired from the sport.
5. Apolo Anton Ohno - this Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater won season 4 in 2007. Ohno is a three-time Olympian and a 12-time U.S. National Champion.
6. Melissa Rycroft - this former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and reality star was a contestant on the eighth season in 2009 and came in third place. She is best known for her appearance on the thirteenth season of "The Bachelor."
7. Kirstie Alley - this star of the "Look Who's Talking" movies, who also had several shows detailing weight struggle, came in second in season 12 in 2011. (See photos of her performances.)
8. Drew Lachey - this former member of the boy band 98 Degrees won the second season in 2006.
"It is hard work getting to that point. On elimination day, the results show,, that is nerve wracking, bleeding ulcer all the way," Lachey told reporters. "It's a fun show, you make great friends. Even the people we met just today, those of us that just met, we have a common bond in the show so we were able to talk. That comradarie is going to come across. if it was that bad, I guarantee none of us would have been back."
9. Pamela Anderson - the former Playboy playmate and actress was a contestant on the tenth season in 2010 and came in sixth place.
Anderson told reporters, "I danced in Australia, Israel, I kept getting asked to come to shows similar to this. I kept on getting asked to go with Damien and dance and it was really fun because we weren't getting judged, but I haven't done it in a little while. I'm eager to get back into it and get back in shape."
10. Gilles Marini - this French star of shows such as ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," intrigued Samantha in the 2008 "Sex and the City" movie with his outdoor showering and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in June. He came in second in season 12 in 2011.
11. Emmitt Smith - this retired NFL star, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, won season 3 in 2006.
12. Joey Fatone - this former member of the boy band 'N Sync came in second place of the season four season in 2007. Fatone is currently the host of "My Family Recipe Rocks" on the Live Well Network.
There will also be a public vote to see the return of one of three former competitors - Kyle Massey (season eleven, runner-up), Sabrina Bryan (season five, eliminated in week six) or Carson Kressley (season thirteen, eliminated in week five).