Dancing With the Stars’ “All-Stars” Season Premieres

By: Chad Sweely - September 28, 2012

This past Monday, ABC launched season 15 of one of America’s top-watched shows, Dancing With the Stars; however, with this season was not filled with any new celebrities, but returning champions and fan favorites to re-earn and re-defend their titles. The partnerships for this season were comprised mostly of new pairings, although, there were some old partnerships brought back together as well. I have provided the cast list below:

  • Apolo Anton Ohno (partnered with Karina Smirnoff)
  • Bristol Palin (partnered with Mark Ballas)
  • Drew Lachey (partnered with Anna Trebunskaya)
  • Emmitt Smith (partnered with Cheryl Burke)
  • Gilles Marini (partnered with Peta Murgatroyd)
  • Helio Castroneves (partnered with Chelsie Hightower)
  • Joey Fatone (partnered with Kym Johnson)
  • Kelly Monaco (partnered with Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy)
  • Kirstey Alley (partnered with Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy)
  • Melissa Rycroft (partnered with Tony Dovolani)
  • Pamela Anderson (partnered with Tristan MacManus)
  • Sabrina Bryan (partnered with Louis Van Amstel)
  • Shawn Johnson (partnered with Derek Hough)

Even though these contestants are not new to the season, a new scoring system is. The judges now have “.5″ decimal paddles, giving the ability to the score to not be a whole number, but closer to a certain whole number. This certainly took me by surprise the first time I saw a score with a .5 in it.

What do you think of the new scoring system on DWTS? Let us know in this posts’s comments section.

There were a lot of break-out routines during the course of the show; however, one of the routines that received excellent praise and was awarded was Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke’s cha-cha (shown below):

As the season goes, someone has to go home. For the first “All-Stars” season results show, the first celebrity dancer who was eliminated was Pamela Anderson, who received a low score of 17 the night before. Anderson’s elimination sure stirred up some mixed reaction on Twitter:

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Chad SweelyChad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.

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  • AJ

    When Dancing With the Stars returned this season I was really surprised to see Pamela Anderson on the roster because she finished 6th on her season. That doesn’t really sound like an all-star to me. So I wasn’t surprised at all when she got eliminated first. I’ve been recording the show all season and with 2,000 hours of recording time I don’t have to rush to watch what I’ve recorded. Pamela even said that she was busy up until competition time and didn’t have enough time to prepare. However, her dance didn’t look like she wasn’t prepared, more like she wasn’t giving 100% and didn’t want to be there. My DISH co-workers weren’t surprised either but they were betting on Bristol Palin. I can’t say I blame them for guessing that she’d be ousted because she is a mediocre dancer.