They have announced the cast for the 15th season of DWTS, and it's an all-star lineup!
Kirstie Alley - Actress
Pamela Anderson - Actress
Helio Castroneves - Indy car driver
Joey Fatone - Boy Band Member (NSYNC)
Shawn Johnson - Olympic gymnast
Drew Lachey - Boy Band Member (98 Degrees)
Gilles Marini - Actor
Kelly Monaco - Soap Actress
Apolo Ohno - Olympic speed skater
Bristol Palin - Speaker; Reality star
Melissa Rycroft - Reality Star
Emmit Smith - Football player
However, there IS a 13th spot, which will be announced on Monday. It will be decided by fan's votes:
Sabrina Bryan - Disney Singer & Actress
Kyle Massey - Disney Actor
Carson Kressley - Fashion Consultant
Now, for my take:
It doesn't take a lot to make me happy. I'm quite pleased with the choices. I don't mind that Bristol Palin is in it, as (contrary to the belief of people who hate her mother's politics and refuse to actually watch objectively) she CAN dance. I could have stood with fewer past champions - it doesn't seem fair - and would have liked to have seen Evan Lycacek and Kelly Osborne come back. My only true quibble is seeing Carson in the running for the 13th spot. I don't see the point. I'll be happy with either of the other 2 (although I'm voting for Kyle, for my daughter) make it in.
As usual, my family each chooses one. My husband has chosen Shawn Johnson, I'm going with Gilles Marini, my 9-year-old daughter is going with Helio and my 7-year-old daughter (if Kyle doesn't make it) will go with Kirsti.
We'll see y'all on September 24th!