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Pamela Anderson, Bristol Palin Among 'Dancing With the Stars' Blast From the Past

July 28, 2012

Rick Bentley

Pamela Anderson, Bristol Palin, Dancing With the Stars

LOS ANGELES -- 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 are all-stars from past seasons.

ABC revealed the lineup for "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" on Friday during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

The all-stars are: Pamela Anderson, Emmitt Smith, Joey Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley, Bristol Palin, Drew Lachey, Helio Castroneves, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft, Kelly Monaco.

The 13th contestant will be selected by the viewers between Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey. You can vote for your favorite at

Executive producer Conrad Green says this was the right time to do an all-stars show because there had been enough seasons to put together a strong lineup. Half of the contestants are former winners.

The return of Bristol Palin is a surprise because she was not treated that well by the press when she first appeared on the show. Palin says she decided to return to the show because, "God provides opportunities and you can either do them or not do them." She says the press is going to write about her family either way.

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 chafing.

It doesn't look like the celebrities will be matched with their former professional dance partners because many of the dancers have changed. The celebrities will not get to pick their partners.

The format generally will be the same: The alumni will try to impress the judges and 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 better.

Source: (c)2012 The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Service

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