Kelly Monaco Gets a Chmerkovskiy as Dance Partner on 'Dancing with the Stars' - Soap Opera Network
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Monday, August 13 was the day to watch ABC’s “Good Morning America” as the morning show revealed the dance partners for the upcoming season of “,” dubbed the “All Star” edition. With ‘s (Sam McCall, ““) former dance partner (pictured left, with Monaco) currently appearing in “,” with , and no longer appearing on the series (he last appeared during season nine), the actress has been assigned to Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his third season.

Monaco was the first winner of the infamous mirror ball trophy and helped launch the competition series into the hit it became in the summer of 2005. Joining her for the all star edition will be , , , , Emmitt Smith, , Helio Castroneves, Melissa Rycroft, Gilles Marini, and Bristol Palin.

, Sabrina Bryan, and are vying for the 13th and final position in the all-star edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Fans are being asked to vote for one of the three as part of a show first being called “Viewers’ Choice: All Star.” Fans can logon to ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, presented by Diet Pepsi, and cast their votes now through Friday, August 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT, with the winner announced live on Monday, August 27during “Good Morning America.”

What follows is the list of other celebrities competing and their dancing partners:

  • Kirstie Alley is re-teaming with , who returns for his 13th season.
  • Pamela Anderson will be joined by Tristan MacManus, who returns for his third season.
  • Helio Castroneves is dancing with Chelsie Hightower, who returns for a seventh season.
  • Joey Fatone is getting , who is entering season number 12.
  • Shawn Johnson has luck on her side as she’s teamed with Derek Hough, who returns for his 10th season.
  • Drew Lachey won season two, but instead of Cheryl Burke he’s getting , who returns for her 10th season as well.
  • Gilles Marini took his “Dancing” fame to “Brothers & Sisters,” but isn’t related to him. She returns for her third season.
  • Apolo Anton Ohno gets , who has 12 seasons under her belt.
  • Bristol Palin returns to the floor with help from her former partner , who has enjoyed 11 season on the series.
  • Melissa Rycroft gets , who, in the video below, reveals he’s excited about getting his name back from “poor Tony” to “Tony,” referring to the infamous Kate Gosselin debacle. He returns for his 14th season on the show!
  • Emmitt Smith got Burke, who is also returning for a 14th season on the show.

For a look at the “GMA” announcement, watch the video below.

The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, September 24 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Comment Below...
  • sandy

    As the original winner and the one who really hasnt danced in 7 years, Kelly Monaco getting a newbie like Val makes her chances of winning even more of a long shot.She and most of the other women practically had no chance because of the MEN anyway, all of whom were winners or very good dancers.

  • wtch9

    I feel this season, if u want Kelly Monaco or Kirstie Alley to win, everyone needs to use all their votes every week. Kelly has not danced in 7 years, and she has a new weaker partner. So everyone please vote each week. I feel bad for her, but sometimes I think this show is so fake. They plan it this way.

  • ROSEBUD

    To bad, I can’t watch, Will boycott abc, only watch general hospital, When One life to live comes back I will watch again. for now abc is dead to me and so are all their shows Daytime and Prime time.