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Meet the All-Star Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars'
We reintroduce you to the Season 15
By Kate Mulcrone Special to MSN TV
Here it is, the season we've all been waiting for: An all-star cast of 13
past winners and contenders will take the stage to compete for the mirror-ball
trophy. We've seen these celebrities dance before, but as far as I'm concerned,
the slate is clean for a brand-new season of tangos, sambas and wardrobe
malfunctions. Without further ado, let me reintroduce you to the Season 15
The actress and Season 12 first runner-up is still burning up Twitter and
seems awfully excited to be taking part in another season of "DWTS."
Kirstie will once again be dancing with the temperamental Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Anyone who watched them together will remember that it's an explosive
partnership: They may argue, but they also push each other to new heights as
dancers. At 61, Kirstie is the oldest of this season's competitors, but you
could do worse than to bet on her. She brings energy, creativity and a steely
competitive spirit to this competition, and her legion of loyal Twitter
followers is sure to be a great help come voting time.
Let's not mince words: Pamela Anderson has been typecast all her career as
the bosomy blonde with a voice like honey. She started out her initial run on
"DWTS" as expected, with a cha-cha that was fast and loose in any sense of those
two words. However, as the season progressed, so did Pam's technique and her
confidence, and the cutesy burlesque stuff went out the window. Her final dance,
a grown-up, ladylike waltz, was well-received by the judges, and she impressed
them week after week with her ability to embody the character of the dance she
was performing. This season Pam will be dancing with relative newcomer Tristan
MacManus, a truly exceptional addition to the troupe. Tristan's patience and
panache combined with Pam's excellent stage presence and emotional range is a
recipe for success.
Sabrina was the first of the squeaky-clean Disney kids to compete for the
mirror-ball trophy, and the journey didn't end well for her. Her performances
were amazing during the first six weeks of the competition, yet she was
eliminated due to a lack of votes. Sabrina's elimination is widely considered to
be the most shocking in the show's long history. Sabrina brings a ton of energy
to the floor, as well as a killer sense of rhythm. She's partnered up with Louis
Van Amstel this season. He's a real Henry Higgins: Louis takes a step back and
assesses his partners' strengths and weaknesses, then crafts routines that show
them off at their best. In Sabrina, he just might find his most talented Eliza
The Charmer: Helio Castroneves
This Season 5 champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is still racing
cars, but that doesn't mean he can't take a triumphant lap or two around the
dance floor. He absolutely dazzled the first time he competed, showing
tremendous range and stage presence. This season Helio will be dancing with
Chelsie Hightower, who's known for pushing her partners just a little bit beyond
their comfort zones. It's hard to see her meeting much resistance from the
dashing Helio. The sky's the limit for these two!
'N Sync baritone and Season 4 runner-up Joey gave some truly memorable
performances, including one of the best foxtrots this show has ever seen. This
season, he will once again be dancing with Kym Johnson, who was the Season 9
champion. Their partnership always seemed pretty amiable, though Kym has said in
recent interviews that she's "cracking the whip" this time around. It's been a
while since Joey has seen a dance floor, so let's hope Kym's rehearsal regimen
is as effective as she wants it to be.
The Ringer: Shawn Johnson
The Olympic gymnast and Season 8 champion just might be the one to beat.
Shawn did suffer an injury after competing on "DWTS": She tore her ACL while
skiing. Luckily, she's all healed up. Shawn is a nimble, versatile dancer, and
she was a powerhouse all season long the last time around. She's been matched up
with three-time champion Derek Hough, which shows just how confident the
producers are that good things come in small packages.