ABC's slowing building up hype for their upcoming All Stars season of Dancing with the Stars by pacing the major reveals. First, we learned who the All Stars were, and that viewers were being invited to choose the final celebrity contestant. While we still don't know which of the three former contestants will be returning for All Stars, the partnerships for the confirmed celebrities have been announced, and a few of them are familiar pairings.
Obviously, not all of the returning celebrities could be reteamed with their original partner. Cheryl Burke, for example, has three former celebrity partners featured in All Stars. Of Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Gilles Marini, it's Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith that will be paired up with her again for All Stars. Also returning to their original pairings are Kirstie Alley (with Maksim Chmerkovskiy), Joey Fatone (with Kym Johnson), Bristol Palin (with Mark Ballas) and Melissa Rycroft (with Tony Dovolani).
The full list of partners was for Dancing with the Stars: All Stars was announced on Good Morning America today and here they are, courtesy of TV Guide.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
The final pair will be determined once America's vote is tallied and we learn whether it will be Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley or Kyle Massey joining the rest of the All Star line-up. That news will be shared on Good Morning America on August 27.