Pamela Anderson and Drew Lachey to get new partners in DWTS All-Stars – but Kirstie Alley is sticking with Maksim in the hope of second chance at Mirrorball trophy
02:17 GMT, 14 August 2012
All-Star contestants in the new season of Dancing With The Stars have received their dancing partners.
Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kirstie Alley and a host of other high-profilers have been given the all-important keys to potential Mirrorball trophy success as they prepare to hit the floor in six weeks.
But as many former champions are given new partners, Ms Alley, 61, will return with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy as she takes another stab at glory.
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Redemption: Kirstie Alley, pictured above with Dancing With The Stars star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will return with her partner in the new All-Stars season. Each of the show's other pairs have also been announced
They're back! Pamela Anderson (left) and Drew Lachey (right) will both compete for the Mirrorball trophy again
Ms Palin will return with her season 11 partner Mark Ballas while Ms Anderson will dance with new partner Tristan MacManus.
Former 'N Sync member Joey Fatone will return with his season-four partner, and one of the show's most popular blonde bombshells, Kym Johnson.
Olympic gymnast and past champion Shawn Johnson, who danced with Mr Ballas in season eight, will now compete with Derek Hough.
Former 98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey took top honours in season two with Ms Burke but will dance with Anna
Trebunskaya this time around.
Champions: Olympic gymnast and past champion Shawn Johnson (left), who danced with Mark Ballas (right) in season eight, will now compete with Derek Hough. The former pair won season eight of the series
They've got the moves: Bristol Palin (right) competed with Mark Ballas (left) in season 11 of the popular show
Actor Gilles Marini, who competed in season eight, will now try for victory with Peta Murgatroyd.
Retired NFL running back and Super Bowl
star Emmitt Smith, who hit the floor with Cheryl Burke in season three,
will return with his former partner this time around.
speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, who won with Ryan Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough in season
four, will perform with dancer Karina Smirnoff now.
Indianapolis 500 sporting champion Helio Castroneves, who also won with Ms Hough in season five of DWTS, will dance with Chelsie Hightower this time.
Ladies: General Hospital star Kelly Monaco (left) and The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft (right) will also compete
General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco, who scored the Mirrorball trophy in season one of the hugely successful reality series, will hit the floor in the forthcoming season with Val Chmerkokvskiy.
Finally, The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft will return with professional dancer Tony Dovolani.
The All-Stars special's announcement was made last month at the Television Critics Association conference.
It will see 12 of its former rivals compete for the coveted trophy all over again.
Stunning: Host Brooke Burke looked great in a navy dress as she attended the press conference last month
Very happy: The show's co-host Tom Bergeron (left) was joined by executive producer Conrad Green (right) at the press conference, clearly excited by the highly-anticipated announcement last month
Group shot: The new series' contestants and hosts (above) took to the stage to address the press last month
Shawn Johnson will no doubt be the one to watch after the athlete won the Mirrorball trophy in spectacular style in 2009.
a break from past seasons, viewers will be able to vote online for the 13th contestant on the show,
choosing between three former contestants including actors Kyle Massey and Sabrina Bryan as well as celebrity stylist Carson Kressley.
is about giving the viewers a treat and breaking the rhythm of the
show,' said executive producer Conrad Green during last month's session of the
Television Critics Association conference.
Ms Alley, 61, credited her 100lbs weight loss to her stint on DWTS last year.
Day off: Professional dancer Derek Hough, pictured out today with his dog in West Hollywood, will be taking part in the all-star competition
Something to talk about: Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, who won with Ryan Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough in season four, will now perform with dancer Karina Smirnoff, pictured out today in Beverly Hills
Meanwhile, Ms Anderson competed in the
tenth season of the hit show back in 2010 and was partnered with
professional dancer Damian Whitewood.
The former Baywatch star fared quite well in the competition, and lasted seven weeks before she was eliminated.
Ms Bristol made a controversial appearance in the 11th season of the show alongside her dance partner, Mr Ballas.
The 21-year-old daughter of former
Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin did extremely well on the show despite receiving low scores from the judges.
questions were subsequently raised about the integrity of the public
voting process, which attracted allegations of fraudulent online voting.
Toned and tanned: Meanwhile, Ms Anderson (above) competed in the tenth
season of the hit show back in 2010
Back to reality: The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft (left) finished third on DWTS back in 2009 (pictured above)
After ABC investigated the process, it found that there was nothing out of the ordinary. However, the
show's executive producer, Mr Green, speculated that Ms Palin may have
received votes from her mother's fans and other supporters.
The young mother-of-one eventually placed third in the competition.
Meanwhile, professional dancer Derek
Hough hinted last month that he may quit the show as he wants to pursue a
film career. He implied that he upcoming series could be his
The 27-year-old heartthrob said: 'This season is kind of my swan song. It's my last hurrah.'
Mr Hough will make his acting debut in Cobu next year, and admitted he feels it is time to move on to new projects because DWTS' grueling schedule is holding him back.
He revealed: 'It's really difficult to do both, impossible really. This show is full time… there is zero flexibility. And I want to do other projects. I want to push myself into other areas.
'And this is my 10th season, a great benchmark. You just kind of feel it. I need to take that chance. It's important.'
Winner: Shawn Johnson (above) will be the one to watch after the athlete won the Mirrorball trophy in 2009
Champs: Shawn and Mr Ballas (above) posed with their coveted trophy following the competition in 2009