"Dancing With the Stars" will celebrate its 15th season with an all-star edition, featuring past favorites (and favorite objects of scorn) including "Fat Actress" star Kirstie Alley, "Sex and the City" heartthrob Gilles Marini and Olympic speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno (the former category), and reality show star Bristol Palin (the latter).
The lineup also includes famously scorned bachelorette Melissa Rycroft; football player Emmitt Smith; soap opera star Kelly Monaco; singer Drew Lachey; gymnast Shawn Johnson; singer Joey Fatone; race car driver Helio Castroneves; and "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson.
Of these, Monaco, Smith, Ohno, Lachey, Castroneves and Johnson were all champions, while Alley, Marini and Fantone were second-place finishers, and Rycroft and Palin third, and Anderson sixth in their respective seasons.
The final contestant will be chosen by the public from three names put forth by ABC: singer Sabrina Bryan, former "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" star Carson Kressley, and Disney star Kyle Massey. Fans may vote for their favorite at ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, starting today through Aug. 24. The winner will be announced on "Good Morning America" on Aug. 27.
The show returns in September.
By Gary Levin