‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ Pairs Revealed: Kirstie and Maks Are Back In Action, Plus Surprising New Couples

Crystal Bell / August 13, 2012

'DWTS: All Stars' Cast
Bristol Palin, Joey Fatone, Kirstie Alley among returning stars.
The Olympics may be over, but the games have just begun for the celebrity cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All Stars.

The star-studded lineup includes past fan-favorites of yore, from Kirstie Alley and Season 3 winner Drew Lachey to controversial contestant Bristol Palin. Now, we finally know who the stars will be paired up with, and needless to say, we’re really excited to see some of our favorite pairs return. Yes, we’re talking about Season 12’s must-watch couple Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

On Monday, Good Morning America announced the celebrity and pro pairs.
Here’s the official list:
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Pamela Anderson and Tristan McManus
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough

Alley and Chmerkovskiy made it to the finals in Season 12, but will they be able to bring the heat back to the ballroom without suffering yet another embarrassing fall? Meanwhile, reality star Palin will be reunited with her Season 11 pro partner Ballas. Palin may not have the natural dancing ability of Ballas’ Season 14 partner Katherine Jenkins, but she does have a knack for rallying voters.

Former Olympians Ohno and Johnson will both have new partners to paso with: Ohno will be paired with Smirnoff and Johnson with decorated pro Hough, who narrowly missed making it to the finals last season with celebrity partner Maria Menounos. Meanwhile, dancer MacManus will have his hands full with former Baywatch beauty Anderson, who made it to week six in her season of the ABC dancing competition.

As for defending pro-champ Murgatroyd, who won her first Mirror Ball last season with NFL star Donald Driver, she’ll try to recapture the magic with French actor Marini.

Meanwhile, wild cards Massey, Bryan and Kressley are still vying for your votes. The fan-chosen contestant and his or her partner will be announced on Good Morning America on Aug. 27.

Dancing With the Stars: All Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. EDT.

What do you think of the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” cast? And which pair do you think has the best odds at taking home the coveted Mirror Ball? Sound off in the comments below.

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