SAN DIEGO, September 21, 2012 – The first-ever “Dancing With the Stars” All-Stars edition is one of the most highly anticipated new TV shows of the fall season, reality and otherwise. The stars hit the dance floor in front of the judges for the first time on Monday night, September 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time in a two-hour show.
All the names should be familiar to fans, because they are all former competitors from past seasons. They will be dancing either a cha cha cha or a foxtrot this week.
Among the competitors are six Mirror Ball Trophies, including the winners from the first five seasons: soap opera actress Kelly Monaco, singer Drew Lachey, former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Ohno, Indy Car driver Helio Castroneves; and Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson of Season 8.
There are three second place runners-up, singer Joey Fatone; actress Kirstie Alley and actor Gilles Marini. There are two third place participants; “Bachelor” star Melissa Rycroft of Season 8 and activist Bristol Palin of Season 11. The only competitors who were not finalists are actress Pamela Anderson, who placed sixth in Season 10, and actress singer Sabrina Bryan, out in week 3 of Season 2.
We are putting a fine shine on the Communities disco ball and will host our first live chat of the All-Stars season on Monday night at 8 p.m. Let’s see how these seasoned competitors look the second time around. Who has improved? Who has forgotten their dance moves? Who will emerge as an early favorite? There will be no mercy from the judges!
“Dancing With the Stars” debuts Monday night, September 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, and airs on Monday and Tuesday nights on the ABC Television Network.
Slip on your favorite pair of dancing shoes and join Communities writers as we live chat this season opener! Your dance partners are:
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