Now that the celebrity partners have been announced for "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars," which couples appear to be the solid front-runners?
It's tempting to go with partners who have been down this road before. Experience, after all, counts for something. And so does being in your comfort zone.
Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith, for example, has been paired once again with Cheryl Burke. And while several other contestants will be competing with previous partners, they are the only couple in the field who captured the hideous mirror-ball trophy together.
On the other hand, it has been six long years since the NFL legend appeared on "DWTS" (How are those knees holding up?) and, arguably, several more
Smith recently told ESPN, "I'm a little nervous about it. Look at the names on the list. You see a bunch of great performers ... I said, 'Emmitt, you have your work cut out.'"
Other familiar pairings include Joey Fatone-Kym Johnson, Bristol Palin-Mark Ballas, Melissa Rycroft-Tony Dovolani and Kristie Alley-Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Based on the chemistry (and comedy) produced by the latter couple in Season 12, count on them to be among the audience favorites.
Meanwhile, past champs Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson will have to compete with new partners -- him with Karina Smirnoff and her with Derek Hough. Other past winners
The other pairings are Pamela Anderson and Tristan McManus, and Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd. "DWTS" loyalists will recall that, in Season 8, Marini barely lost out to Johnson in one of the show's closest races.
So who do you think will be the star of stars? The ballroom blitz begins Sept. 24 on ABC.