Season 15 of ABC's spangled reality series will premiere Sept. 24 and feature the return of favorite past contestants. Here's our forecast on who will outshine the mirror ball.

By Annie Barrett
Updated August 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

Gilles Marini

All-Star Status The Sex and the City movie hunk was the runner-up in season 8.

Prediction Truly the complete package. Our odds-on favorite to win.

Drew Lachey

All-Star Status The former 98 Degrees singer nabbed the trophy in season 2.

Prediction He set the freestyle standard, but may not compare technically.

Melissa Rycroft

All-Star Status The Bachelor castoff came in third in season 8.

Prediction Couldn’t they have brought Stacy Keibler back? Melissa’s a fine dancer, but still. No.

Apolo Anton Ohno

All-Star Status The Olympic short-track speed skater won in season 4.

PredictionEven if he doesn’t have previous partner Julianne Hough, Apolo will bedazzle.

Shawn Johnson

All-Star Status The gymnast edged out Marini in season 8.

Prediction She’ll benefit from an Olympics afterglow and her correspondent gig.

Helio Castroneves

All-Star Status The Indy 500 champ won in season 5.

Prediction Ten seasons later and all I can remember about him is that banana suit. He’ll remain unmemorable.

Kirstie Alley

All-Star Status The actress was the runner-up in season 12.

Prediction She brought out a funnier side of partner Maks — and she’s taken lessons since then.

Kelly Monaco

All-Star Status The General Hospital star triumphed in the first season.

Prediction Soap opera devotees should keep the original winner safe for a while.

Joey Fatone

All-Star Status The *NSYNCer lost to Ohno in season 4.

Prediction America won’t care about two ex-boy banders when there’s a hot Frenchman around.

Emmitt Smith

All-Star Status The retired Dallas Cowboy was the season 3 champ.

Prediction NFL stars have done well (see also: Donald Driver), so he’s bound to go far.

Bristol Palin

All-Star Status Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter finished third in season 11.

Prediction The usual “Leave Bristol alone!” backlash should keep her in for a few weeks.

Pamela Anderson

All-Star Status The Baywatch babe was eliminated in week 7 of season 10.

PredictionShe just sort of seems like the Hasselhoff of the group.

The Wild-Card Spot

In a twist, three celebrities will be campaigning for the 13th spot in the Celebriquarium. Viewers can vote on until Aug. 24, and the winner will be announced on Good Morning America on Aug. 27. Who do you get to choose from?

Sabrina Bryan

The Cheetah Girl was gone too soon in season 5.

Kyle Massey

A costar on That’s So Raven, Massey was season 11’s runner-up.

Carson Kressley

The fashion expert was season 13’s spirit animal.

Our Vote

We think Sabrina deserves it the most, but we’d love to see Carson vogue another day.

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