“Dancing With The Stars” first All-Stars season doesn’t premiere for almost two months, but ABC announced the majority of the cast during their TCA 2012 Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills today. Surprisingly, the show is only having thirteen stars returning for the 15th season. I thought for sure they would’ve brought back at least 14-16 returning favorites. Surprisingly, Mario Lopez isn’t coming back. If you recall, the “Extra” host let it slip that the show was doing an All-Stars season. Is he being punished for having loose lips?
That said, the crew they did invite back is a solid bunch with a couple of exceptions. Twelve of the thirteen slots were announced with the last spot decided upon by viewers. A trio of former competitors will have their All-Stars fate decided by public votes. Among the confirmed stars, there are six previous winners and three runner-ups. In fact, 11 of the 12 have all appeared in the finals. The only exception is Pamela Anderson who came in 6th place during Season 12. Check out the All-Stars cast below.
Kirstie Alley: Season 12, runner-up
Pamela Anderson: Season 10, 6th place
I think Pamela will have an uphill battle given all of her competitors have a track record of diehard fans and she’s the only one never to make it to the finals. I wonder if Alley will be paired up with Maksim once again. I love those two together.
Helio Castroneves: Season 5, winner
Joey Fatone: Season 4, runner up
Helio is probably my least favorite of the winners returning. I don’t think Fatone will do as well this season given the caliber of dancers. Plus, there’s another former boy band alum in the mix. I predict he’ll be mid-season elimination.
Shawn Johnson: Season 8, winner
Drew Lachey: Season 2, winner
With people coming off an Olympic high after the London 2012 Games, I’m sure former Olympian Johnson will benefit from all that patriotic fever. Lachey has remained a popular former winner and think he’ll be a serious contender to take the mirrorball trophy again.
Gilles Marini: Season 8, runner-up
Kelly Monaco: Season 1, winner
Out of all the runner-ups, Marini has the best chance to improve upon his last showing. He’s a fan favorite, but will have to battle Shawn Johnson once again. We all know how that ended up last time they competed with each other. On the flip side, Kelly Monaco is the former winner who’s most likely to be booted off first. Her win was so controversial that the show had to conduct a dance-off with runner-up John O’Hurley where he beat Monaco that time. Kelly is definitely going to be an early elimination.
Apolo Anton Ohno: Season 4, winner
Bristol Palin: Season 11, third place
Probably the most likeable and popular former winner of the bunch, Apolo has a great chance of repeating. This time however, he won’t have Julianne Hough to guide him there. Bristol, on the other hand, is the most polarizing star on this season. Either you love her or hate her. Based on her dancing ability, Palin has no business in an All-Stars season.
Melissa Rycroft: Season 8, third place
Emmitt Smith: Season 3, winner
Season 8 is the only one with all three finalists competing again. Will Rycroft lose out to Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini again? I predict so. Great dancer, but I don’t think she’ll have the fanbase to carry her far this time around. Last time, she was fresh off being dumped on national television. Emmitt is another popular former winner. He beat out Mario Lopez during his season. I wonder if he’ll be paired with Cheryl Burke once again. They were the dream team.
Kyle Massey: Season 11, runner-up
Sabrina Bryan: Season 5, 7th place
Carson Kressley: Season 13, 8th place
As mentioned before, the 13th slot will be determined by public voting. Carson is probably the most popular of the bunch and I would love for him to return. But I’m secretly hoping that Kyle Massey gets through. Currently, he’s suing Bristol Palin over a reality show. I’d love to see them interact during their litigation issues. AWKWARD
Are you happy with the returning stars? Who were you hoping would come back? Personally, I’m bummed that Mario Lopez, Mel B, Brandy, Kristi Yamaguchi and Joey McIntyre aren’t competing once again? Also sad that Brooke Burke-Charvet isn’t dancing again. I would love to have a season break from her robotic co-hosting. How about you? Sound off below. Be sure to catch all the action when DWTS returns for its 15th season on ABC on September 24.