DWtS All-Star Cast

Image courtesy of Hollywood Scoop

I’m mostly happy with the lineup for Season 15 of Dancing With the Stars.  Here was my wish list for the All Star Cast, posted back in May:

  • John O’ Hurley w/Charlotte
  • Stacey Keibler w/Tony
  • Mario Lopez w/Karina
  • Gilles Marini w/Cheryl
  • Mel B w/Maks (or Kirstie w/Maks)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi w/Mark
  • Kelly Osbourne w/Louis
  • Kyle Massey w/Lacey
  • Hines Ward w/Kym
  • Sherri Shepherd w/Val
  • Roshon Fegen w/Chelsie
  • Maria Menounos w/Derek

And here’s the actual cast so far:

  • Kelly Monaco
  • Drew Lachey
  • Emmitt Smith
  • Apolo Anton Ohno
  • Joey Fatone
  • Helio Castroneves
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Gilles Marini
  • Melissa Rycroft
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Bristol Palin
  • Kirstie Alley

Either Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey or Carson Kressley will round out the cast.  I like Kyle and Carson; that said, Carson’s simply not a strong dancer.  I’d like to see Sabrina make the cut—she definitely left Season 5 much sooner than she should have.

I’m most excited about Gilles Marini–I like Shawn Johnson but I really thought that Gilles should have won Season 8.  I’m also excited about Drew and Emmitt but who will they be paired with?  When I created my wish list, I focused on keeping the original celebrity/pro couples intact–it will be interesting to see how the chemistry changes now that at least some of the pairings will be different.

I’m least excited about Pamela Anderson.  Pam’s okay—I’m not a hater, I’m just not a fan.  She can dance but others danced better.  I’d hoped the All-Star Cast would seek out the strongest dancers from the past 14 seasons (and yes, I know I’m naive).

I’m completely disappointed that Bristol Palin will be on the show. I simply don’t get Bristol’s appeal—well, I do but I don’t.  I guess we could compare her to Kelly Osbourne–both are famous because of their parents.  I like Kelly though—I didn’t expect to, but she won me over AND she danced well.  I never warmed up to Bristol, partly because I never bought the whole abstinence-deal, and yes, partly because I hated that politics suddenly cast its pall over a show about dancing.  All that aside though, Bristol simply isn’t a strong dancer—she never should have made it to the finals in Season 11 and I’m irritated that she’s been included in an “All-Star” season.

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