Carson Kressley
16 Images

‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars': Week-by-week eliminations

Carson Kressley

Claim to fame: “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” star, reality TV personality

Last seen on: Season 13 in 2011

Standout moments: Kressley stepped in for “Bones” actor Ryan O’Neil after knee surgery prevented him from being able to compete. His colorful personality, and even more colorful outfits, made him a favorite on the show, but his mediocre performances got him booted early on.

All-Star elimination:

Kressley, Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan and Disney Channel star Kyle Massey were up for the viewers choice spot at the beginning of the season. All three candidates spent several weeks campaigning enthusiastically for the coveted 13th spot, but the title ultimately went to Bryan. (Jennifer S. Altman / For the Times)
Kyle Massey

Claim to fame: Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” and “Life Is Ruff”

Last seen on: Season 11 in 2010

Standout moment: Massey debuted on the show with new dancer Lacey Schwimmer, getting a few near-perfect scores along the way. Together they made it to the finals but were runners-up to “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough.

All-Star elimination:

Massey, who was up for the viewers choice spot with Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan, lost the vote and was eliminated before the show aired.  (Disney Channel)
Pamela Anderson

Claim to fame: “Baywatch” babe, a tumultuous marriage to rocker Tommy Lee

Last seen on: Season 10 in 2010

Standout moment: Despite delivering her most graceful performance of the season, the actress-model and partner Damian Whitewood were booted off to the judges’ dismay. However, she and Whitewood received a standing ovation from the ballroom.

Week 1 All-Star elimination:

While she was a fan favorite, her cha-cha to Amy Winehouse’s “You’re No Good” only earned 17 points. She and partner Tristan MacManus were the first couple to unceremoniously get the boot at the end of a very long, two-hour results show. | Recap  (Werner Kerschbaummayer / EPA)
Joey Fatone

Claim to fame: Boy band ‘N Sync, game show host

Last seen on: Season 4 in 2007-2008

Standout moment: The singer and his dancing pro, Kym Johnson, came in second place during their season despite delivering risk-taking dances each week, with Fatone pouring his over-the-top personality into nearly ever step.

Week 2 All-Star elimination:

Turned out the cute “The End” card that Fatone held up at the finale of his and Johnson’s crowd-pleasing old-school Hollywood quickstep came all too true. The affable ‘N Sync member and his partner ended up with the lowest combined total of judges points and viewer votes, and were the second couple eliminated. | Recap (Carol Kaelson / ABC)
Drew Lachey

Claim to fame: 98 Degrees singer, Nick Lachey’s younger brother

Last seen on: Season 2 in 2006

Standout moment: The former pop star and partner Cheryl Burke outlasted pro wrestler Stacy Keibler, thought to be the favored finalist, along with NFL great Jerry Rice. Lachey and Burke received their first perfect score from the judges in Week 6 of the competition, for their tango to “Shut Up.” They received two more perfect scores in later weeks.

Week 3 All-Star elimination:

This double-elimination episode sent home not one but two former “DWTS” champs. Lachey’s “Crazy In Love” cha-cha with partner Anna Trebunskaya earned the couple 24 points from the judges. But the Season 2 champion couldn’t quite get his foothold in the competition and found himself in jeopardy in the first week. Despite his best efforts to show his chest and bare his b-boy skills, he suffered from performing first in the competition. | Recap (Adam Larkey / Associated Press)
Helio Castroneves

Claim to fame: Race car driver, Season 5 champ

Last seen on: Season 5 in 2007

Standout moment: Castroneves and partner Julianne Hough, above, wowed the audience with a high-scoring mambo (27 out of 30 points from the judges), making the racer an early favorite. Hough received an Emmy nomination for the upbeat dance.

Week 3 All-Star elimination:

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner made a fatal mistake by tripping over partner Chelsie Hightower during their quickstep, which still earned them 25.5 points. He managed to keep his mega-watt smile, good humor and gratitude on throughout, saying thanks to Team Penske, his partner and to America. | Recap (A.J. Mast / Associated Press)
Bristol Palin

Claim to fame: Being former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, outspoken stance on gay marriage

Last seen on: Season 11 in 2010

Standout moment: Bristol “the Pistol” got high ratings for the show during her run with partner Mark Ballas, though there was quite a bit of controversy about poor performances that nonetheless got her to the finals. Death threats and allegations of fraudulent voting shined brighter than her sequins throughout the season.

Week 4 All-Star elimination:

Despite tension with partner Mark Ballas (tension that included accusations that he wanted a different partner and missed rehearsals) the couple reconciled in the fourth week of the competition, only to be sent home. They decided to put their differences behind them and compromise by performing a ‘50s-style sock hop with their “At the Hop” routine,; they only earned 22.5 points and were sent packing. | Recap (Adam Larkey / Associated Press)
Sabrina Bryan

Claim to fame: Disney Channel “Cheetah Girl”

Last seen on: Season 5 in 2007

Standout moment: In perhaps one of the show’s biggest upsets, the nimble performer and her partner Mark Ballas were booted off the show despite their higher scores. Jane Seymour, who was out because of food poisoning, and Marie Osmond, who also scored fewer judges’ points than Bryan, stayed safe.

Week 6 All-Star elimination:

The show skipped an elimination in Week 5 only to return to the with a terrible case of deja vu in Week 6. Despite being at the top of the leader board for two weeks in a row and showing her emotions during a very personal rumba, Bryan and pro partner Louis Van Amstel were sent home. Coincidentally, Bryan was ousted in her last season on Week 6 too. Host Tom Bergeron pithily summed up the elimination by saying, “Week 6 sucks.” | Recap (Disney Channel)
Gilles Marini

Claim to fame: French actor, “Brothers & Sisters” star

Last seen on: Season 6 in 2009

Standout moment: Fans thought that Marini and partner Cheryl Burke were robbed, coming in less than 1% behind gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner, Mark Ballas, who won the Mirror Ball trophy in Season 6.

Week 8 All-Star elimination:

The couples had to perform two whole dances: an individual ballroom dance with a military theme in honor of Veterans Day and a Latin trio performance with another professional or troupe member added to their group. Marini and partner Peta Murgatroyd looked Top Gun cool in their black flight suits performing what might have been the quickest quickstep in the ballroom to “Highway to the Danger Zone,” but Marini had a few “little slips in his feet.” His trio salsa included Chelsie Hightowner, but his timing and musicality were a bit off. Gilles and Peta received a 29.5 for their quickstep, and a 29 for their salsa trio but the judges’ scores weren’t enough to keep him safe and he was sent packing. | Recap (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
Kirstie Alley

By Nardine Saad

Claim to fame: “Cheers” and “Fat Actress,” Jenny Craig spokeswoman

Last seen on: Season 12 in 2011

Standout moments: A pig-inspired Twitter war with comedian George Lopez and a few rumbles and tumbles with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the bad boy of ballroom.

Week 8 All-Star elimination:

Despite her Viennese waltz to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” being the best dance of her season (she scored a 27 for it), her winged paso doble trio to Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” was considered “sloppy” and lacking “finesse.” She was sent home along with Gilles Marini in the week’s double elimination. | Recap (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Apolo Anton Ohno

Claim to fame: Olympic speed skater

Last seen on: Season 4 in 2007

Standout moment: Ohno is one of many Olympic competitors on “DWTS": Shawn Johnson, Evan Lysacek and Kristi Yamaguchi have made it to the finals or won the competition. Ohno and partner Julianne Hough earned the show’s first perfect score from the judges and were named champions of their season after delivering a sizzling rumba, paso doble and freestyle hip-hop dance.

Week 9 All-Star elimination:

Ohno and partner Karina Smirnoff were sent home after performing a modern Big Top Jazz routine with lots of circus tricks and lifts that seemed to exhaust Ohno. Judge Bruno Tonioli dubbed it “a blend of Cirque du Soleil and ‘Clockwork Orange.’” After displaying impressive mime skills behind the curtain, Apolo slipped as he made his way to the center of the dance floor, which threw him for the remainder of the dance. The couple also danced a rumba to Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” for which they received a perfect 30, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition. “This competition was hard from the beginning,” the gold medalist said. “Karina’s a champion. I’ve learned so much about her, she taught me so much about myself... Every single person who does this show is a champion. It forces you to become a champion in your own right.” | Recap (Carol Kaelson / Associated Press)
Emmitt Smith

Claim to fame: Dallas Cowboys running back

Last seen on: Season 3 in 2006

Standout moment: Smith paved the way for NFL players on the show, including ballroom favorite Chad Ochocinco Johnson. He was the first athlete to win the competition and was credited with “making dancing look manly.”

Week 9 All-Star elimination:

Smith and partner Cheryl Burke performed an Espionage Lindy Hop in which she was the bad guy, he was the good guy and they were trying to blow up the Mirrorball trophy. Their second dance, a flashy Argentine tango, was a little out of Smith’s expertise of “ease and elegance.” The two dances earned them a total of 54 points and they were sent packing by the voters, leaving only female all-stars to battle through to the finals. | Recap (Adam Larkey / Associated Press)
Shawn Johnson

Claim to fame: Olympic gymnast

Last seen on: Season 6 in 2009

Standout moment: The show’s youngest competitor at the time, Johnson and partner Mark Ballas, pictured, came in less than 1% ahead of actor Gilles Marini for the Mirror Ball trophy.

Week 10 All-Star elimination:

The judges’ scores were close, with each of the three remaining couples doing one last instant dance for judges’ points. Though Shawn and partner Derek Hough brought the house down (including special audience guest member Julianne Hough) with their perfect 30 “Respect” cha cha -- with a signature Derek crotch bob added, just for kicks -- the trophy eluded her yet again in the finals. | Recap (Kelsey McNewal / Associated Press)
Kelly Monaco

Claim to fame: “General Hospital” star, Playboy playmate

Last seen on: Season 1 in 2005

Standout moment: The actress and her partner Alec Mazo, pictured, won the first season of the hit summer dance series. But she’ll be remembered most for her infamous wardrobe malfunction, when her strap popped off her skimpy costume.

Week 10 All-Star elimination:

Kelly Monaco and her pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy were kind of like the Rizzo and Kenickie of the group -- great chemistry and great intensity, but what they really want to do is make out behind the bleachers. They received a 29.5 for their do-over paso doble and a 29.5 for their “Dirty Dancing” freestyle. The are-they-or-aren’t-they team came in third and left viewers wondering if their showmance was real. | Recap (ABC)
Melissa Rycroft

Claim to fame: Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, “The Bachelor” contestant

Last seen on: Season 8 in 2009

Standout moment: Rycroft appeared on “DWTS” one week after the finale of one of the most-talked-about seasons of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” with only two days to prepare for the debut. She and partner Tony Dovolani waltzed their way to third place during their season.

Week 10 champion:

It was like a dream season for the erstwhile Bachelorette and the Albanian stallion. They just kept getting stronger with each week and their judges’ scores and viewer votes vaulted them over fellow finalists. | Recap (Kelsey McNeal / Associated Press)
Julianne Moore: Career in pictures