'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' Partners Reunite Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith
With so many returning cast members having their past professional dancers in common, the upcoming season sees five former pairs returning to the ballroom.
Two-time champion Cheryl Burke had the biggest conflict going into the upcoming All-Stars season of Dancing With the Stars. Among the crop of returning competitors, she has three former partners -- two of them winners. So when ABC announced the new duos on Monday's Good Morning America, her assignment might have surprised a few.
Burke is reuniting with retired NFL star and season three winner Emmitt Smith. That leaves Burke's first partner and first win, Drew Lachey, with Anna Trebunskaya. Burke's other previous partner, Gilles Marini, joins reigning champ Peta Murgatroyd.
Other reunited couples are Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson and the inevitable return of Kirstie Alley with her season 12 partner in crime Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Mark Ballas, who danced with both Bristol Palin and season eight winner Shawn Johnson, is back with Palin. Johnson's consolation prize isn't so bad, though. She'll dance with the series' winningest pro, Derek Hough.
Hough's sister Julianne, a two-time winner, has been off the series for quite some time. Her returning partners, Helio Castroneves and Apolo Anton Ohno, will both vie for their second mirrorballs with Chelsie Hightower and Karina Smirnoff, respectively.
Pamela Anderson and original Dancing With the Stars winner Kelly Monaco also return to the series with their original partners (Damian Whitewood and Alec Mazo) long out of the picture. Anderson is now teaming up with Tristan McManus, while Monaco will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy.
There's still room for one more reunion, though. ABC will announce the final "fan favorite" competitor on Aug. 27. Of the eligible trio -- Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley -- only Massey can still return with his former pro, the currently unbooked Lacey Schwimmer.
Dancing With the Stars returns Sept. 24.