Emmitt Smith and Shawn Johnson to Feature on All-Star Dancing with the Stars

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 27, 2012

Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times
Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

The next season of Dancing with the Stars is being dubbed an All-Star cast, filled with past winners and stars fans craved to see once again. You be the judge. 

You can take a look at the cast that will be featured in the season opener on September 24 at the official page at ABC

The sports world will be represented by legendary running back Emmitt Smith, Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, IndyCar's Helio Castroneves and former gymnast Shawn Johnson. 

There is also a final vote for fans to choose among Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey or Sabrina Bryan for the last spot on the cast. This is like going to a salad bar and choosing between more croutons or a piece of celery. 

The full list of celebrities to feature in season 15 will be: Bristol Palin, Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, Pamela Anderson, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey, Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Helio Castroneves, Apolo Ohno, Gilles Marini. 

Johnson fell short of competing in London and subsequently announced her retirement from gymnastics. She will now be eying another Mirror Ball trophy like the one she won in season eight. 

Back in 2006, Emmitt Smith was crowned champion of Dancing with the Stars alongside partner Cheryl Burke. 

There is no doubt that the man who claimed over 18,000 rushing yards in his illustrious career will be the biggest sports star. 

As for the rest of the cast, I will let you all pick who the biggest "name" in the bunch may be. Has-beens square off against never-will-bes in the greatest dance competition on TV. 

The sports world will be keyed in for the duration of the season, because I will wager that the athletes run away with this season of contenders. 


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