We now have the official list of pairings for the upcoming All-Stars season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and we have to say one thing about it right away — we’re not entirely sure it is fair. While some performers are getting the opportunity to dance with the same people that they once won an entire season of the ABC show with, others are having to basically start fresh with a partner that they may or may not even know at all.
Check out the full list below along with some brief impressions:
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy – Alec Mazo, who was the season 1 champ’s original partner, is no longer around on the show. Therefore, this makes some good sense.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – As if Emmitt’s fan base was not already enough of an advantage, he now also has his former partner.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – This pairing isn’t that fair, but we have to say that these two formed what may be one of our favorite teams in the history of the show.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – Meanwhile, Mark may have needed to stay with Bristol after no one else wanted to go through the media scrutiny.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – You have a former winner paired with the most-successful pro on the show. Yes, this team is going to be dangerous.
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya – This is probably the most surprising pairing of the season. Anna typically works more with athletes, but she was at least a part of Drew’s season.
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson – They’ve worked together before, but working with the sort of offbeat character is traditionally Kym’s cut of tea.
Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus – No one remembers Damian Whitewood, so Pam needed a new partner — here’s to hoping she likes one of the most underrated pros out there in Tristan.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – Can Karina get the same thing out of Apolo that Julianne Hough did? We’ll have to see.
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower – We couldn’t love this pairing any more if we tried. Chelsie and Julianne have similar vibes as teachers, and Helio needs a partner who loves to have fun.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – They’re back — but will as many people remember Melissa as they did when she was first on?
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Peta wasn’t a part of Gilles’ first season, but she is the reigning champ and the actor should fell good about that.
As for the final dancer being voted on by the viewers, the choice will be revealed later this month — two of the most notable pros left out there are Lacey Schwimmer (who worked with Kyle Massey his first season) and Louis Van Amstel (who has been more of a choreographer as of late).
What do you think about these pairings? To check out some casting rumors for the spring season, be sure and hit up the link here.