All-star Dancing with the Stars cast: mostly winners, runners-up

ABC just announced the all-star cast of Dancing with the Stars 15, and the identities of the three who will compete for a final spot.

Although TV Guide reported that no winners would return, the opposite is actually true: there are six winners in the announced cast of 12. And every single (non-viewer-voted) cast member except Pamela Anderson was a finalist.

The cast is: Pamela Anderson (season 10), Emmitt Smith (season three winner), Kelly Monaco (season one winner), Gilles Marini (season eight runner-up), Shawn Johnson (season eight winner), Melissa Rycroft (season eight, third place), Joey Fatone (season four runner-up), Helio Castroneves (season five winner), Drew Lachey (season two winner), Bristol Palin (season 11, third place), Apolo Anton Ohno (season four winner), Kirstie Alley (season 12 runner-up).

Viewers will choose between Kyle Massey (season 11 runner-up), Sabrina Bryan (season five), and Carson Kressley (season 13) to fill the final spot.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.