CLEVELAND - The day millions of reality TV fans have waited for is here. The 15th season of “Dancing With The Stars” returns with a lineup of familiar faces – past stars who competed on a previous season – and now their first dances of the All-Star season are revealed.
The winner of season one is returning. Actress Kelly Monaco is teaming up with Val Chmerkovskiy this time, instead of Alec Mazo. Kelly and Val will be performing the cha cha.
As for their rehearsals, last week Kelly tweeted, “Just got home from a long day at GH and a fierce rehearsal with
@ iamValC . 6:30am call tomorrow... Goooo team!”
Season two winner and fan favorite, singer Drew Lachey, is returning. His original partner was Cheryl Burke, but this time he’s paired with Anna Trebunskaya. They have been practicing the foxtrot.
From season three we get football legend Emmitt Smith. He’s partnered with Cheryl this season, and if history proves anything, they might win again; they partnered originally. On Monday night, they’ll do a cha cha.
A week ago, Emmitt tweeted, “One more week! RT
@ CherylBurke : Can't wait to start the week off right tomorrow. One more week till the big premiere!”
Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno won season four with Julianne Hough. He returns with Karina Smirnoff, and they will do a cha cha.
Singer and TV host Joey Fatone finished second on season four. He was partnered with Kym Johnson then, and they’re back together this go around. They’ve been working on a cha cha as well.
Fatone has been joking about his fellow cast members, tweeting, “It's great to have rehearsals in a studio where u see everyone working so hard this season... Hope
@ thedrewlachey Keeps wearing his heels:).”
Race car driver Helio Castroneves won the fifth season with Julianne, but this time he’s paired with Chelsie Hightower. They are polishing up a foxtrot for Monday night.
Many DWTS fans feel actress Sabrina Bryan got eliminated early on season seven with Mark Ballas. She gets to try again this season with Louis van Amstel. They’re also working on a cha cha.
Olympian Shawn Johnson won season eight with Mark Ballas. This time she gets paired with Derek Hough, and they plan to open with a foxtrot.
Actor Gilles Marini came in second on season eight with Cheryl. He’s partnered with Peta Murgatroyd this time. Their first dance is also a foxtrot.
Reality TV star Melissa Rycroft came in third on season eight. She danced with Tony Dovolani then, and they’re back together this season. They’ve also been practicing a foxtrot.
Melissa tweeted about her family, “Today's practice kicked my boo-tay!!! Now off to get some relaxation time with Tye and Ava!!”
Actress Pamela Anderson was the sixth to be eliminated on season ten. She’s traded in Damian Whitewood for Tristan MacManus with a cha cha for their first dance.
Politician Sarah Palin’s well-known daughter Bristol was the third finalist on season eleven with Mark Ballas. They two partner again and are working on a cha cha for their first dance.
The final partnership mixes two of the bigger personalities of any season. Actress Kirstie Alley and hot-tempered Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunite after their pairing on season twelve. They will also foxtrot.
Last week, Kirstie tweeted, “Of course DWTS is exhausting!! We are pushed as far as humanly possible...that's why I signed up..masochist..;).”
Part of the fun of “Dancing With The Stars” is seeing how celebrities we’ve known for years handle a completely new challenge on reality TV.
This season might prove different. We’ve already seen them crumble under the show’s pressure before, learning new dances all the time, sometimes two a week.
We’re expecting more fiery fights from Kirstie and Maks. Will Sabrina get eliminated early again? Will Bristol and Mark surprise everyone again and make it to the end? Will Emmitt and Cheryl recreate their winning partnership?
We’ll see if some stars learned from their previous mistakes or can capitalize on them.
The two-hour season premiere of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” begins Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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