The first-ever all-star edition of Dancing with the Stars will feature some of the best celebrity hoofers ever to grace the ballroom — but it’s unlikely that Apolo Ohno or Shawn Johnson will generate the lion’s share of headlines when the competition show returns Sept. 24.
That’s because Bristol Palin will be back in the house!
We asked two-time winner Mark Ballas to talk about reuniting with Palin, his partner (and the eldest daughter of the former Vice Presidential candidate) from season 11, and what he hopes to do to secure a third mirror ball trophy.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY How did you feel about the idea of an all-star edition?
Mark Ballas It’s a really cool concept, especially since everybody who is participating has gone pretty far on the show in the past. The shortest anyone has been on the show is Pam [Anderson], and she was off by the sixth or seventh week. I think it’s going to be really interesting.
Did the pros have any say about who should return for all-stars?
Absolutely not. We don’t get a say in much. The week before it was announced, we are called to say we are on the show. Maybe two weeks later, we learned who are partners were.
What if you got someone you didn’t want?
You really shouldn’t sign a contract if you aren’t up for it. That’s part of the job. We are here to help people have a good time. You are not always going to get someone who can really move, who is really coordinated.