“Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” marks the first time prior contestants will return for another chance at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy for a very special All-Star season. From former champions to fan favorites, including a celebrity voted in by fans, the stars will return and will be paired with some of the world’s most decorated professional ballroom dancers for the most unforgettable season yet. Week to week these “Dancing with the Stars” alumni will once again compete to impress the judges and the viewers at home in order to be crowned the mirror ball champions.
In the music field, Joey Fatone from NSYNC and Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees will be returning to compete on the show this season.
In a show first, fans will determine who the final All-Star cast member will be. The three celebrities vying to fill the 13th spot on the cast are Sabrina Bryan, Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey. Fans can vote for their favorite “Viewers’ Choice: All-Star” at www.ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, presented by Diet Pepsi, starting today, Friday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m., PT through Friday, August 24 at 12:00 p.m., PT, to determine which of the three celebrities will be named the final All-Star contestant. Once voting has closed, the final cast member will be announced live on “Good Morning America,” on Monday, August 27.
The All-Star cast and their professional partners will take to the stage for the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Professional dancer partner pairings will be announced live on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” August 13.
In addition to Drew Lachey and Joey Fatone, the 12 out of 13 All-Star celebrities returning to the dance floor this season are: Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Helio Castroneves, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Ohno, Bristol Palin, Melissa Rycroft, Emmitt Smith.
Here are the bios on Drew and Joey.
DREW LACHEY – Drew Lachey, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is best known for his multi-platinum pop group 98 Degrees, which he joined with his brother Nick in 1995. Lachey is the Season Two winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” beating out 10 other dance couples in 2006. He also served as co-host of” Dancing with the Stars” and hosted ABC’s “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann,” a live, one-hour series that featured teams created by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. A Broadway veteran, Lachey starred as Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “Rent,” and as King Arthur’s right-hand man, Patsy, in Mike Nichols’ award-winning production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Other onstage work includes Corny Collins in “Hairspray” and the “Dancing with the Stars” tour. Lachey also hosted HGTV’s “$250,000 Dollar Challenge” — a reality show where families compete to pay off their mortgage with home-improvement challenges — “America Sings” for the Gospel Music Channel and the “Miss USA Pageant,” which he co-hosted with Nancy O’Dell. He, along with design partner Sabrina Soto, won the celebrity edition of HGTV’s “Showdown Battle of the Bonus Room,” where the team beat designer Matthew Finlason and figure skater champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Lachey is married and the proud father of two.
JOEY FATONE – Former *NSYNC star Joey Fatone is embarking on a series of projects for FremantleMedia Enterprises — from hosting “Price is Right Live” in Las Vegas and Atlantic City to “Let’s Make a Deal” for Caesar Entertainment — and currently is the voice of the widely successful re-launch of “Family Feud” with Steve Harvey. Fatone also just completed a horror film “Inkubus,” working aside the original Freddy Kruger — Robert Englund. He was host of NBC’s cirque competition series, “Celebrity Circus.” He also produced his first cable television series, “The Singing Office,” for TLC and co-hosted the show alongside Melanie Brown. Fatone served as host of NBC’s international hit series, “The Singing Bee,” and in late 2007 hosted the Australian version of the successful series. From 2008 to 2009 he was featured as the lead red carpet host at all the major award shows for the TV Guide Network. Fatone is most beloved for being a member of one of the most successful music groups in the 90s, *NSYNC. The group has won multiple awards and set numerous records, including selling 1 million copies of their album “No Strings Attached” on its first day and 2.4 million for the first week (a record that still stands today). Fatone comes from a family of performers; his first acting gig was at the age of seven, starring with Robert DeNiro in the feature film “Once Upon a Time in America.” Other film credits include “The Cooler,” alongside Alec Baldwin and William H. Macy, “Homie Spumoni,” with Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Faison and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Fatone and his wife, Kelly, currently reside in Orlando with their daughters, Briahna and Kloey. He remains actively involved with his charity, The Fatone Family Foundation.
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