Shawn Johnson, Bristol Palin and more! 'Dancing With the Stars' unveils all-star lineup

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Bristol Palin, Shawn Johnson and Joey Fatone are all competing again on "DWTS."

It’s only been two months since wide-receiver-turned-hoofer Donald Driver claimed the coveted mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars,” bringing a glittering end to the last season of the ballroom bash. But even though it hasn’t been a big wait, the anticipation for the upcoming season has been huge.

That’s because season 15 isn’t just another round of the same old show. It’s “Dancing’s” long-awaited all-star season -- the one fans have hoping for and speculating about for ages.

Now that speculation is over. On Friday the returning competitors were revealed.

The ballroom alums soon set to take the dance floor again are:

  • Shawn Johnson
  • Bristol Palin
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Apolo Anton Ohno
  • Joey Fatone
  • Kelly Monaco
  • Gilles Marini
  • Emmitt Smith
  • Drew Lachey
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Helio Castroneves
  • Melissa Rycroft

But that’s not all! While those 12 celebs make up most of the official all-star cast, there’s one more returning soft shoe set to join them. Who’ll take spot No. 13? That’s up to ballroom fans. In a first-of-its-type twist for the show, “Dancing” viewers are being asked to vote for the past participate of their choosing to fill the final spot. The choices include Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley or Kyle Massey.

Details on that twist are still to come on the official “Dancing With the Stars” website.

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    They're back! Celebrities from seasons past — including Bristol Palin, Gilles Marini and Pam Anderson — are returning for another shot at the coveted mirror ball trophy.

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    Actress Kirstie Alley was paired with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy for season 12 of "Dancing With the Stars." Though she started off strong with a 23-point cha cha, she struggled a bit during the season, but ultimately finisihed in second place. She is dancing with Maks again for "All-Stars."

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    Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson competed in season 10, and was paired with Damian Whitewood. She was eliminated in week seven. In 2011, she participated in the Argentine version of the ballroom bash. She's paired with Tristan MacManus for "All-Stars."

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    Race-car driver Helio Castronevez won season five with pro partner Julianne Hough, who is no longer on the show. He is paired with Chelsie Hightower for "All-Stars."

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    Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson -

    Former *Nsync member Joey Fatone competed in season four of "DWTS" alongside pro Kym Johnson, and will be dancing with her again for "All-Stars." The pair came in second place, behind Apolo Anton Ohno, who is also back for the all-stars season.

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    Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough -

    Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson competed in season eight and took home the mirror ball trophy with partner Mark Ballas. She barely beat out runner-up Gilles Marini, who is also returning to the all-stars season. This time, she'll be dancing with three-time champ Derek Hough.

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    Drew Lachey of the boy band 98 Degrees was the season two champ alongside pro Cheryl Burke. After his win, he returned to "DWTS" in season five as co-host while then co-host Samantha Harris was out on maternity leave. He is paired with Anna Trebunskaya.

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    Actor Gilles Marini, perhaps best known for his sexy role in the first "Sex and the City" film, placed second in season eight with pro Cheryl Burke. He's dancing with Peta Murgatroyd this season.

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    "General Hospital" actress Kelly Monaco was the first champ of "DWTS." She was paired with pro Alec Mazo, who is no longer on the show. She is dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy for "All-Stars."

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    Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno won season four of "DWTS" with pro Julianne Hough. This time, he's paired with Karina Smirnoff.

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    Reality personality Bristol Palin competed in season 11 with pro Mark Ballas, and is dancing with him again for "All-Stars." Though she placed third, fans of the show were upset she made it to the finals, with some complaining the judges were too easy on her and accusing politics of playing a role. (Her mother is former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.)

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    "Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft competed in season eight with pro partner Tony Dovolani, and the two are dancing together again for "All-Stars." The pair finished in third place, behind Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini, both of whom are also returning for the all-stars season.

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    Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was the season three champ alongside pro Cheryl Burke, whom he is dancing with again.

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    Former Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan got a shocking early boot in season five of the show, ending up in 7th place with pro partner Mark Ballas despite being a frontrunner from the get-go. She won the fan vote, which earned her a spot in the "All-Stars" season alongside pro Louis Van Amstel.

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Though partners have not yet been announced, executive producer Conrad Green told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday that the pros will be revealed on Aug. 13. But don't expect that all the stars will get the same pro they had before.

"Obviously, when you look at the stars that are coming back, it's impossible for everybody to have the same partner, so we're currently working that out," Green said. "We're trying to pair people based upon what we think is going to make the most intriguing season and make a brilliant season."

Green also explained how the producers chose this particular group to do "All Stars." "We took the view we wanted to do the best of the best. We wanted to represent many different seasons," he said. "For us, this is almost our version of 'The Avengers.' These were the superheroes of their particular seasons, and they're back." 

Though the cast will be familiar, don't expect the show to be exactly the same. Green teased that there will be some tweaks to the ballroom bash this season. For starters, he noted that the judges will likely have to be recalibrated a bit, "otherwise, we'll be starting with 9s and 10s right out of the box." He also hinted that the show might introduce a few new things to update the competition.

The season premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC. And for those of you who can't wait to see at least one these returning hopefuls on your small screen, keep your eye out for Shawn at the Olympics, where she's acting as TODAY.com's special correspondent. 

What do you think of the all-star picks? Did your favorites make the cut? Take our poll below and then go to our Facebook page and tell us who you’ll vote for to fill the last spot in the cast? 

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