There will be some familiar dancing feet on the upcoming edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” when it returns at 8 p.m. Sept. 24. The competitors will be all-stars from past shows on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”.
ABC has just revealed the lineup during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
The all-stars from past seasons include Pamela Anderson, Emmitt Smith, Joey Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley, Bristol Palin, Drew Lachey, Helio Castroneves, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco. Executive producer Conrad Green says this was the right time to do an all-stars show because there had been enough seasons to be able to put together a strong lineup. Half of the contestants are former winners.
The 13th contestant will be selected by the viewers between Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey. You can start the voting for your favorite starting today on abc.com.
The return of Bristol Palin is a surprise as she was not treated that well by the press when she was on before. Palin says she decided to be on the show because “God provides opportunities and you can either do them or not do them.” She adds the press is going to write about her family either way.
As for the Bristol family being on numerous reality programs, “Dancing” host Tom Bergeron says they have not gone “full Kardashian.”
The biggest change for Drew Lachey this time from when he won season two is that he’ll do more stretching. His brother, Nick, is on the NBC reality show “Stars Get Stripes.” Drew says “DWTS” is harder than the military-based show because Nick doesn’t have to get a spray tan or worry about chaffing.
It doesn’t look like the celebrities will be matched with their former professional dance partners because many of the dancers have changed. The one thing that won’t change is that the celebrities will not get to pick their partners.
The format generally will be the same as the “Dancing with the Stars” alumni will try to impress the judges and the voting audience to make it through the competition. Each week, the couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and viewer votes will be sent home.
As for why the celebrities would return to the grind of all the training, host and season seven winner Brooke Burke-Charvet says everyone looks back at dances they wish they had done better and this is a second chance to do it better.