ABC announced Friday the new cast for Season 15 of “Dancing with the Stars” — the first-ever “All-Star” edition of the show that will feature 13 of the greatest former competitors “DWTS” has ever had.
The All-Star cast list features several former winners, strong runners-up, a few fan favorites, some seeking redemption — and lightning rod contestant Bristol Palin, making for one fierce showdown for the ultimate bragging rights and an even more bedazzled mirror ball trophy.
“This is our version of The Avengers,” executive producer Conrad Green told TV critics Friday. “We wanted to represent the best of the best, representing many different seasons,” he said. “It will be an intensely competitive season, but also a very warm season because they all know each other. It’s always a very friendly competition.”
In a new twist, three celebrities will have to fight for the final spot — and fans will decide who it is. The viewers will vote one star into the all-star cast. That final cast member will be announced live on “Good Morning America” on Monday, August 27.
The celebs and their professional partners will be revealed on “GMA” on August 13. And they may not necessarily be paired with the pro they competed with during their season, so expect some shake-ups there.
“DWTS All-Stars” premieres Monday, September 24, at 8/7c on ABC.
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Here are your “DWTS” All-Stars!
KIRSTIE ALLEY, Season 12 Runner-up
PAMELA ANDERSON, Season 10, Sixth Place
HELIO CASTRONEVES, Season 5 Winner
JOEY FATONE, Season 4 Runner-up
SHAWN JOHNSON, Season 8 Winner
DREW LACHEY, Season 2 Winner
GILLES MARINI, Season 8 Runner-up
KELLY MONACO, Season 1′s Original Winner
APOLO ANTON OHNO, Season 4 Winner
BRISTOL PALIN, Season 11, Third Place
MELISSA RYCROFT, Season 8, Third Place
EMMITT SMITH, Season 3 Winner
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And the three celebrities competing to be the “Viewer’s Choice: All-Star” are:
SABRINA BRYAN, Season 5, Seventh Place
CARSON KRESSLEY, Season 13, Eighth Place
KYLE MASSEY, Season 11 Runner-up
What do you think of the “DWTS: All-Stars” cast? Are you excited for this line-up? Who is missing or who would you like to have seen?