As promised, ABC has revealed the celebrities who will be competing in the new season of Dancing with the Stars this fall. The announcement came early, having been made during last weeks' Television Critics Association event. Though the stars have been named, their dancing partners have not and there is no indication when the teams will be revealed.
For the All-Stars round of the series, the first ever for this competition reality show, 13 past contestants will be involved. Twelve of the 13 were named by Conrad Green, the executive producer. The twist is that viewers get to vote for the 13th player.
The twelve returnees include Kelly Monaco, the original season one champion, although after the voting procedure was questioned (and ultimately changed for further seasons), she actually lost to John O'Hurley in a special do-over of sorts. Notable winners for the All-Stars are Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Hélio Castroneves, and Shawn Johnson, who some feared might not be able to appear after announcing her retirement from gymnastics due to injuries.
Also on the new season are Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft, Joey Fatone, and Pamela Anderson.
Eligible for what ABC is calling the wildcard are Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, and Sabrina Bryan. To vote for your choice, go to ABC.com where you can vote up to five times daily through August 24th.