The All-Stars returning for the 15th season of “Dancing With The Stars” finally know who they’ll be dancing with when the dancing competition kicks off on Monday, September 24. Let’s face it. As talented as you are, it all depends on who you get as your professional. Not all DWTS pros were created equal. Plus, you never know what kind of chemistry will result when you put two individuals together.

Of the twelve partnerships, five are previous pairings. Those five lucky stars are probably ecstatic they’re coming back into the competition with a familiar face on their side. It’s interesting to see who the producers decided to saddle which star with each pro. Cheryl Burke has three previous partners returning, while Derek Hough, the most-winning pro with three titles, has no one returning. Find out who they’ll be coaching this season below.

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke

Original Season: Season 3, winner
Previous Partner: Cheryl Burke

Out of all the returning winners, Emmitt Smith is the only one reuniting with his original partner. That will definitely give him an edge. I wonder how he got so lucky to score Cheryl again. Burke has three previous stars returning- Gilles Marini and Drew Lachey being the others. Smith is certainly off on the right foot to win the title again.

Pamela Anderson and Tristan McManus

Original Season: Season 10, 6th place
Previous Partner: Damian Whitewood

At 45-years-old, Pamela Anderson is surprisingly Tristan’s youngest partner to date. So far, the Irish hottie has been saddled with Nancy Grace (52) and Gladys Knight (68). With Pamela being more gifted rhythmically, I’m sure Tristan can do wonders with her. Anderson will undoubtedly improve upon her previous showing of 6th place. Love this pairing and can’t wait for their first dance.

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy

Original Season: Season 1, winner
Previous Partner: Alec Mazo

Out of all the pairings, this is the wildest card. Kelly won the first season, but that was eons ago. Back then, they only danced for six weeks only. Does she have the stamina to go much longer this time. Regarding her partner, the younger Chmerkovskiy hasn’t stuck around much in his first two seasons. He placed in 11th and 10th with Elisabetta Canalis and Sherri Shepherd respectively. I predict another early exit for the hot Ukranian. So sad. He’s so damn sexy.

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd

Original Season: Season 8, runner up
Previous Partner: Cheryl Burke

These two hot individuals are bound to make some steamy dances together. Hot off her win last season with Donald Driver, Peta has a good shot of repeating. Many fans feel that Gilles should’ve won over Shawn Johnson during his season. With the Olympian back as well, it’s time for a rematch. Marini is probably hoping the outcome goes his way this time.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough

Original Season: Season 8, winner
Previous Partner: Mark Ballas

Surprisingly, Derek Hough has no previous partners in the All-Stars cast. Given that he’s won the mirrorball three times (Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey), it’s truly shocking. When Shawn appeared on the show, she was still a teenager. Now at 20, Johnson will probably show off a sexier side, but will that alienate her fans? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

Original Season: Season 8, third place
Previous Partner: Tony Dovolani

Season 8 is the only one where all three finalists are competing once again. Last time around, Melissa wowed everyone with her first routine. Considering she only had two days to practice to fill in for an injured Nancy O’Dell, it truly was amazing. She had great chemistry with Dovolani whom she’s partnered with again. Even with that, I don’t think she’ll go far. She has the least star power of the bunch and doesn’t have viewer sympathy of being recently dumped on national television. I hope I’m wrong, because I really like Melissa and think she’s a great dancer.

Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower

Original Season: Season 5, winner
Previous Partner: Julianne Hough

Helio is widely regarded as one of the luckiest winners of the show. Many feel he benefited from Julianne Hough’s popularity. He doesn’t have the “Footloose” actress in his back pocket this time, but has another blond. Sadly for him, Chelsie has never made it to the finals. Her best showing is fourth place with Ty Murray. I don’t think her track record is going to change anytime soon. Definite early boot contenders.

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya

Original Season: Season 2, winner
Previous Partner: Cheryl Burke

Here’s the most interesting match of the previous winners. In Season 2, Drew Lachey won the title with Burke. Coming in second was Jerry Rice with Anna Trebunskaya. Now, Lachey is paired up his former competitor, Trebunskaya. I’m truly shocked the saucy Russian hasn’t won yet. This season is probably her best chance given how popular Lachey is with DWTS viewers. He even co-hosted the show with Tom Bergeron when former co-host Samantha Harris was preggers.

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

Original Season: Season 11, third place
Previous Partner: Mark Ballas

Hands down, the most controversial of all returning stars. I really hope she doesn’t make it far and not because of her political views. Let’s call a spade, a spade. She’s not a very good dancer. I wonder what Mark Ballas thought when he found out he was paired up with Palin again. I’m sure a few expletives came out of his mouth. He probably was hoping for former winner Shawn Johnson. At least a smart person would be.

Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff

Original Season: Season 4, winner
Previous Partner: Julianne Hough

Unlike Helio who also won with Julianne Hough, Ohno is a more likeable and popular former winner. With people still high on Olympic fever, I’m sure he’ll benefit from that. Plus, he’s actually a pretty good dancer. Karina usually works best when her partners are as dedicated as her. She definitely has that in this Olympian. One of the teams to beat for sure.

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson

Original Season: Season 4, runner up
Previous Partner: Kym Johnson

The “fat one” is back with his ample booty to win that elusive mirrorball. Once again, standing in his way is Apolo Ohno. The one thing going for him this time is he’s paired with his former partner, unlike Ohno who has a new one. Since Season 3, the Aussie pro has certainly become a fan favorite among viewers. I don’t think he can beat Ohno though, but a lot can happen from now til December.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Original Season: 12
Previous Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

By far, my favorite out of all the returning pairs. Usually Maksim’s teaching style results in his partners to have emotional breakdowns. That never happened with the former “Cheers” star. Instead, she flourished and he almost seemed happy during the entire season. Rumor has it, Alley has continued with dance lessons since DWTS. If that’s the case, she’ll definitely be an early frontrunner.

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