Facts about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-star cast

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The all-star cast for "Dancing with the Stars" has finally been announced, and there are a few surprises for Season 15 of the show (as in, a slew of first-place finishers as well as their runner ups!) Here's a refresher on these mirrorball chasers, as well as their stats from their previous "DWTS" season.

Kelly Monaco - The soap star was the very first "DWTS" champ back in 2005 and she's back for another go. (In fact, the winners of the first six seasons will all be back to defend their titles!) The big question is, will Monaco's Season 1 partner Alec Mazo-who hasn't competed on the show since Season 9, be back or has he hung up his "DWTS" shoes for good?

Where She's Been: In addition to her long-running role on "General Hospital," Monaco recently starred in the E! reality series "Dirty Soap."

Drew Lachey - The Season 2 winner made the "DWTS" history books with his famous "Save a Horse" freestyle with partner Cheryl Burke (viewers voted it the best-ever dance on the show).

Where He's Been: Lachey recently announced a reunion with his 98 Degrees band mates and they are slated to perform on "The Today Show" summer concert series on August 17, then take the stage at Hershey, Pa.'s first annual Mixtape Festival.

Emmitt Smith - The NFL legend was the winner of "DWTS" Season 3, paving the way for succession of athletes to take the title.

Where He's Been: In 2010 the Dallas Cowboys running back and three-time Super Bowl champ was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Apolo Anton Ohno - The eight-time Olympic speed skating medalist won the "Dancing" title back in Season 4 with partner Julianne Hough.

Where He's Been: In addition to hosting events and commentating at the 2012 Olympics, Ohno accepted a challenge from "The Subway Guy" Jared Fogle to run the New York City Marathon. According to Sports Illustrated he ran the course in 3 hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds, beating his goal time by nearly 5 minutes.

Helio Castroneves - The racecar driver took home the mirrorball trophy in Season 5, giving pro partner Julianne Hough back to back wins.

Where He's Been: After taking some time off for a pesky tax evasion case (he was acquitted), Castronenes is his 13th year with Team Penske in 2012.

Shawn Johnson - The Olympic gymnast and her pro partner Mark Ballas took home the "DWTS" title in Season 6.

Where She's Been: While she had planned an Olympic comeback, in June 2012, Johnson recently announced her retirement from gymnastics due to ongoing problems with her left knee.

Joey Fatone - The 'N SYNC alum and his partner Kym Johnson came in second place on Season 4 of "DWTS."

Where He's Been: In addition to being the announcer for "Family Feud" and hosting a Vegas version of "The Price is Right," Fatone competed on the Food Network reality series "Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," winning $5000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation.

Gilles Marini - The French actor star and his partner Cheryl Burke came in second place on Season 8 of "DWTS," famously losing to Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas by less than one percent of the vote.

Where He's Been: His stint on the ABC drama series "Brothers and Sisters" ended when the show canceled in 2011. In June 2012, Marini became a U.S. citizen.

Melissa Rycroft - The "Bachelor" alum finished in third place back in Season 8 with partner Tony Dovolani.

Where She's Been: Since her first "DWTS" stint she's a bachelorette no more. Rycroft married Tye Strickland in 2009 and had a baby girl in 2011. In 2012 she starred in a CMT reality series "Melissa and Tye: A New Reality."

Bristol Palin - Her first foray on to the dance floor in Season 11 had Sarah Palin's teen daughter finishing in third place with pro Mark Ballas.

Where She's Been: Palin's reality series "Life's A Tripp" didn't fare so well. In addition to being the subject of a pair of lawsuits -- including one from Palin's "DWTS" alum Kyle Massey, who claims to have come up with the idea for the show -- the single mom recently had to defend her three-year old son's use of an expletive after it was aired on the show.

Pamela Anderson - The former "Baywatch" babe and her partner Damian Whitewood came in sixth place back in Season 10, making her the lowest place finisher to return for the all-stars season.

Where She's Been: In 2011 Anderson participated in the UK version of "Big Brother," and then went on to compete in the Argentine version of "Dancing With the Stars."

Kirstie Alley - The second place finisher in Season 12, Alley was partnered with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. In his blog for TV Guide, Chmerkovskiy wrote that Alley is "deserving of being part of an All-Stars cast."

Where She's Been: You'll see a lot less of Alley this time around. The actress claims to have lost 100 pounds via her Organic Liaison weight loss program.

Viewer's Choice

In addition to these 12 stars, one lucky 13th will be chosen by the audience. Viewers can vote here for the return of Carson Kressley (Season 13), Kyle Massey (Season 11), or Sabrina Bryan (Season 5).

"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" premieres on September 24 on ABC.

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