‘Dancing with the Stars’ spotlight: Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy

Now that we know the full lineup of performers who are going to be on “Dancing with the Stars” for this “All-Stars” season, it’s time for a new weekday feature to highlight just how some of them could fare in their second time around on the show beginning September 24.

So with that in mind, we’re going all the way back to the first season for our first spotlight — and it comes courtesy of Kelly Monaco.

Claim to fame – “General Hospital”

Past placement – Winner (season 1)

Current partner – Val Chmerkovskiy

Past partner – Alec Mazo

Story on the show – There was some controversy when it came to her victory the first time around, as conspiracy theorists claimed that ABC wanted to support someone who had a program somewhere else on the network. This was before America had a say in anything, and John O’Hurley ended up winning a rematch in the public vote.

Strengths – If you won the show, it’s clear you are a good dancer, and Kelly also clearly knows how to work a stage and perform given what she does for a living. Actors are always great at getting into the character of the dance, and she and Val will probably make some of the intense routines into a spectacle. Val going out early two seasons straight may be added motivation for him.

Weaknesses – The first season is not one many fans remember, and it was also a far different show than with a lighter schedule and different scoring. Can Kelly adapt to the format? She’s also had a longer span of time between seasons than anyone else, and we’re not sure how much (if at all) she has kept up dancing since then.

Prediction – We don’t see Kelly being the first star out, since she really was someone with some great talent that will probably translate well still today. She also has the loyal soap voters at her side similar to what Cameron Matheson had during his days. Ultimately, we see her falling in the middle of the pack, mostly because there are some titans on this season that will be hard competition.

How do you think Kelly will fare this season? We want to see your thoughts below! Just in case you missed our full cast list along with their partners, you can see the story over at this link.

Photo: ABC

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