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Bristol Palin returns to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah

Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her partner Mark Ballas rehearse for “Dancing with the Stars." (Credit: ABC)

BEVERLY HILLS -- Bristol Palin, who made it all the way to third place on “Dancing with the Stars” a couple seasons ago but divided viewers who couldn't quite decide whether they liked her mother's politics more than her dancing, will be back on the new all-star edition of “Dancing with the Stars.”

ABC just announced the new cast which will include a couple of former winners, too (the full list, below). In addition, the network said viewers will vote -- even before the dancing begins -- what the final version of this list will be. 

Meanwhile, Palin was asked at the TV tour why she wanted to endure the press again (she got an inordinate amount during her run.) Said she: "I just think God provides opportunities like this. You can either go out and do them or not do them. The press will be talking about me no matter what so I might as well have some fun."  

Specifically, here's how ABC is describing the above-mentioned rule change/twist/gimmick:

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 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, Aug. 27.

And without further ado, here's your cast. Be sure to check  out the video at the bottom of this post ... And check back here later. ABC will have the new “DWTS” cast onstage at the International Ballroom shortly.

Kirstie Alley

Pamela Anderson

Helio Castroneves

Joey Fatone

Shawn Johnson

Drew Lachey

Gilles Marini

Kelly Monaco

Apolo Anton Ohno

Bristol Palin

Melissa Rycroft

Emmitt Smith

And fans will vote for one of these three celebrities to take the 13th spot:

Sabrina Bryan

Carson Kressley

Kyle Massey

 

Tags: Kirstie Alley , Pamela Anderson , Sabrina Bryan , Helio Castroneves , Joey Fatone , Shawn Johnson , Carson Kressley , Drew Lachey , Gilles Marini , Kyle Massey , Kelly Monaco , Apolo Anton Ohno , Bristol Palin , Melissa Rycroft , Emmitt Smith

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