The excitement is building for the long-awaited “All-Stars” edition of “Dancing with the Stars” and now we know who the All-Stars’ pro partners are.
The pairings were unveiled Monday morning on “Good Morning America.”
Right off the bat, five of the couples may have an unfair advantage since they are reuniting with their previous dance partners. That means they already have a rapport, dance moves, and even fans rooting for them from their previous season. But not every pro could work with their same celeb since a few of them have more than one dancing on All-Stars. In fact, Cheryl Burke has three former partners competing this season — turning two of her ex-partners into rivals, adding to the fun.
Here are the All-Stars and their professional partners:
Season 12 runner-up Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Season 8 finalist Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Season 11 finalist Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Season 4 runner-up Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
Season 8 runner-up Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd (new pairing)
Season 2 winner Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya (new pairing)
Season 1 winner Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy (new pairing)
Season 4 winner Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff (new pairing)
Season 5 winner Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower (new pairing)
Season 8 winner Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough (new pairing)
Season 10 contestant Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus (new pairing)
Wild Card Spot: To be determined.
When xfinityTV spoke to Pamela Anderson at an ABC party following the “DWTS: All-Stars” cast reveal, we noticed that, curiously, she is the only celeb (so far) among the All-Stars cast that was not a finalist (yes, it may be hard to believe, but Bristol Palin did indeed make it to the finals).
“I guess I’m just fun,” smiled Anderson on being cast as “All-Star.” She also revealed to Xfinity her strategy for All-Stars: “This time no men until I am done with Dancing with the Stars…I get distracted easily,” Anderson said.
With 12 of the pairings now unveiled, there’s still one wild card spot open with Season 5′s Sabrina Bryan, Season 11′s Kyle Massey and Season 13’s Carson Kressley all vying for the chance to compete on All-Stars — and it all hinges on viewer votes. After fans vote for which favorite they want to compete in that final slot, ABC will announce the last All-Star contestant on Aug. 27, yes, once again on “GMA.”
This 15th season of “DWTS” premieres Monday, September 24, at 8/7c on ABC.