In the ever-competitive world of reality television, networks are always looking for a new angle to draw the audience deeper into the experience. Although ABC's upcoming All-Star rendition of "Dancing With the Stars" already takes a big step toward giving viewers exactly what they want in terms of on-the-floor cast, the 12 celebrity names announced as participants in late July don't tell the whole story. To round out their baker's dozen of returning ballroom standouts, ABC has opened up the final selection to its fans and proffered three former favorites to choose from. Below is a quick look at the contenders, with the viewer's choice to be announced on August 24.
Kressley appeared on Season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars," though he was something of a scrub, filling in for Ryan O'Neal after the veteran actor pulled out before the first episode due to a knee injury. Paired with Anna Trebunskaya, Kressley fought valiantly to overcome his late start and turned in several entertaining performances. His sincerity of effort seemingly won him a lot of fans, and he outlasted four other celebs to finish in eighth placer overall.
Bryan hooked up with Mark Ballas on Season 5 of "Dancing With the Stars," and the duo turned in strong performances week after week. After a then unheard of first-week score of 26, Bryan and Ballas recorded follow-up tallies of 26, 27, 30, and 28 before falling to 25 in Week 6. That stumble was enough to cost Bryan her shot at dancing immortality as she was summarily voted off the show.
Massy and Lacey Schwimmer nearly took home the whole ball of wax during Season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars," prancing all the way to the finals before falling to the popular pairing of Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. You know that he is itching for another shot at the Mirror Ball trophy, and his fans may just oblige him.
These three are not be the biggest available names in the Universe of former dancing stars, and they may face a tough road if they hope to make a splash during All-Star season. Nevertheless, they all formed loyal fan bases during their previous stints on "Dancing With the Stars," and the competition for the final slot figures to be fierce. It's all a part of television in the 2010s, where the audience is evermore involved in just about every aspect of a production, casting included.
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