We’ve been waiting for this.
Fingers crossed, Cheryl Burke and Mario Lopez were not speaking too soon when they mentioned Dancing With the Stars would hold an All-Stars competition next season. Mario said he was already asked to compete and he’s one of the stars on our dream list. Who else made the cut? We could go on and on — so many great dancers deserve another shot at Mirror Ball glory, or at least another shot at feeling judge Bruno Tonioli leer at them.
Lately DWTS has kept the cast to 12 pairs, but we’re greedy so we’re naming the top 14 celeb and pro matches we’d like to see return for Season 15. Get ready to disagree with our re-matched pro selections. (That’s fair warning for you, Maks fans!)
Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani, Season 2
They took third place on Season 2 but her star has risen since then — thanks in no small part to the guy on her arm named George Clooney. Stacy and Tony were a great team and it'd be nice to see Tony be able to really let loose with a sexy, talented partner again.
Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya, Season 2
Jerry has spent the past few seasons poking fun at the show's contestants as part of DanceCenter. Well, time for him to show what he's learned. Get back out there and boogie — or at least give Kenny Mayne new material!
Mario Lopez & Chelsie Hightower, Season 3
Mario and Karina Smirnoff took second place on Season 3 and since we already have plans for Miss Karina (see below), we're giving Mario Chelsie as his new partner. They could be pretty hot together and his natural dance skills could (finally) get her into the finals.
Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas, Season 5
Once more, with feeling! Sabrina and Mark are the ultimate "they were robbed" pair. If they return together, consider them the frontrunners to win, along with a certain Season 8 pair we can’t wait to see again.
Mel B & Val Chmerkovskiy, Season 5
Mel and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took second place on Week 5, but we have plans for Maks (see below), since he can't dance with all of his amazing past partners. Why not pair Mel with Val, since they are both strong, funny, sexy, talented and cool?
Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska, Season 6
We miss Edyta, especially when she was paired with Jason. They were the drool-worthy couple to watch back on Season 6 and no All-Stars season would be complete without at least ... as many hot couples as we can get!
Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke, Season 8
Sorry to be biased, but our obsession with Gilles is almost as creepy as Bruno's obsession with Season 14's William Levy. It's still baffling that Gilles and Cheryl didn't win this season (no disrespect, Shawn Johnson!). The DWTS judges recently dubbed Gilles the best overall contestant and for once we think they are spot on. If Gilles shows up, the season will already be a winner.
Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel, Season 9
DWTS made Kelly the woman she is today, as cheesy as that sounds, and it would be nice to see her return to that positive experience instead of listening to her continue to bash Christina Aguilera as "fat" — because Xtina used to insult her as fat and apparently two wrongs make a good headline. Louis, you need to bring her back to the light.
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Season 10
They had the best fights. They had the hottest chemistry. They were gorgeous to look at. And they danced pretty well together. But mostly we just want to see her push his buttons again. She was the best at it.
Brandy Norwood & Tristan MacManus, Season 11
Brandy deserves another shot at making the finals, even if it's without Maks, and Tristan deserves a hot young partner for a change. (No disrespect, Gladys Knight or Nancy Grace!) They could have smoking chemistry and maybe Tristan's soft touch would work well on Brandy. At least he's not likely to spank her or make her feel like she has to tape her mouth shut.
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer, Season 11
It's not a real DWTS party until Kyle & Lacey show up. They bring the fun. They bring the funk. They bring the flavor. Really hope we get to see them together again.
Kirstie Alley & Derek Hough, Season 12
What do you think? Would Kirstie eat Derek alive or would they make magic together? It would be fun to see Maks get jealous of Derek — since Derek and Maks are frenemies at best and Kirstie and Maks had a special relationship. Derek won Season 11 with 50-year-old Jennifer Grey and there's no reason he couldn't move 61-year-old Kirstie up from runner-up to Mirror Ball champion. Maks would probably kill Derek if he won with Kirstie, but that could be good TV too.
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff, Season 12
They became DWTS best friends and were robbed a chance to compete in the finale. Ralph is a sweetheart and he brought the best out of Karina. They deserve another shot for glory. You can't keep the Karate Kid down!
Carson Kressley & Kym Johnson, Season 13
Since Anna is busy with Jerry, Carson could dance with his other DWTS BFF, Kym. They would be so fun and colorful, the ballroom would turn into a giant Skittle.
If we want to be REALLY greedy we can add another spot for a couple from Season 14. Fifteen couples for Season 15 sounds good, right? If so, which couple? They’d have to be non-winners so it’s too early to say. But maybe William Levy paired with … Peta Murgatroyd?
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Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.