ABC announces pairings for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ all-star season


Kirstie Alley and Maks will dance again. (Adam Taylor/ABC)

Some celebs, perhaps who the show producers perceive as heavy hitters, were matched with their same partners from the previous season: Kirstie Alley with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas, Melissa Rycroft with Tony Dovolani.

Here’s the announcement from ABC; the season kicks off Monday, Sept. 24:

• KIRSTIE ALLEY partners with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his 13th season.

• PAMELA ANDERSON teams with TRISTAN MACMANUS, who returns for his 3rd season as a professional partner.

• HELIO CASTRONEVES joins CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who is returning for her 7th season.

• JOEY FATONE partners with two-time champ KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her 12th season.

• SHAWN JOHNSON joins three-time champ DEREK HOUGH, who returns for his 10th season.

• DREW LACHEY teams with ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her 10th season.

• GILLES MARINI partners with last season’s champ, PETA MURGATROYD, who is returning for her 3rd season as a professional partner.

• KELLY MONACO joins VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his 3rd season.

• APOLO ANTON OHNO teams with Season 13 champ KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her 12th season.

• BRISTOL PALIN teams up with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who is returning for his 11th season.

• MELISSA RYCROFT joins TONY DOVOLANI, who returns for a 14th season.

• EMMITT SMITH partners with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who returns for her 14th season.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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