Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet,of the upcoming reality series "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" (Photo : Reuters)
The all-star cast of Dancing with the Stars' 15th season already have begun talking about what viewers can expect from the show and potential rivalries from fellow contestants.
Season two winner Drew Lachey told Zap2it, "From what I've heard there's people already talking smack, saying they can take me down."
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Lachey stated he enjoyed his first run in the show and it was a "no-brainer" to accept the invitation to return to the show.
"That, plus my competitive nature. I couldn't let somebody say 'Oh, I'm the best,' you know? Well, if you beat me, then you can say that," added Lachey. "I'm in it to win it again."
The singer returns to the dance hall with actress and season one winner Kelly Monaco, who said she knows how much it takes to be successful in Dancing with the Stars and in her main role at fellow ABC show General Hospital.
"I don't want to slack anywhere. I'll make it work, somehow. I'll find the strength to do it - though I don't know yet where it's going to come from," said Monaco.
Also returning is former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol. Her reentry to the show might come as a shock to fans after receiving less than stellar marks from the show’s judges, but managed to land on third place during the season 11 finale.
"I just think that God provides opportunities like this, and you can either go out and do them or not do them,” said Palin. “Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do.”
Palin noted that the upcoming season is not about politics, nor about traditional marriage.
“It's just about dancing, and it's gonna be fun. I'm not whining, I'm not complaining. I'm going to go out there and have fun," said Palin.
Fellow third placer, but from season eight, is Melissa Rycroft. She said the upcoming experience is scary and intimidating, but adds it will still be a fun time.
"Two of them have beat me already - let's just say that," said Rycroft, about fellow season eight contestants Giles Marini and eventual winner Shawn Johnson. "I've already lost to two of the people I'm competing against again, it is very intimidating."
Three celebrities, however, are still waiting to know if they'll be participating in the show. Actor Kyle Massey, television personality Carson Kressley, and singer Sabrina Bryan are facing the public vote, where the winner will take the last available spot for the all-stars season. Viewers can vote for their favorite contestant here.
The all-stars' dance partners will be announced on Aug. 13. The 15th season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Official Dancing with the Stars All Stars Cast:
Kelly Monaco (season 1, winner)
Drew Lachey (season 2, winner)
Emmitt Smith (season 3, winner)
Apolo Ohno (season 4, champion)
Joey Fatone (season 4, second place)
Helio Castroneves (season 5, winner)
Shawn Johnson (season 8, champion)
Gilles Marini (season 8, second place)
Melissa Rycroft (season 8, third place)
Pamela Anderson (season 10, withdrew after fourth round)
Bristol Palin (season 11, third place)
Kirstie Alley (season 12, second place)