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'Dancing With the Stars': Who Waltzes Away With a Win?

by David Hofstede, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:00PM
Pamela AndersonIt's that time again. The celebrities have been gathered from across the sports and entertainment spectrum to show off their ballroom skills (or lack thereof) on season 10 of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., March 22, 8PM ET on ABC).

This year, there aren't any outsized fan bases among the participants, as there was last season with Donny Osmond, who took home the show's mirror-ball trophy over competition that was a little more polished on the dance floor. Hopefully, that means the results will be decided more by dance ability than popularity. Here's how we rank the season 10 contestants and their odds of winning:Pamela AndersonIt's that time again. The celebrities have been gathered from across the sports and entertainment spectrum to show off their ballroom skills (or lack thereof) on season 10 of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., March 22, 8PM ET on ABC).

This year, there aren't any outsized fan bases among the participants, as there was last season with Donny Osmond, who took home the show's mirror-ball trophy over competition that was a little more polished on the dance floor. Hopefully, that means the results will be decided more by dance ability than popularity. Here's how we rank the season 10 contestants and their odds of winning:

Evan LysacekEvan Lysacek
Partner: Anna Trebunskaya
Odds: 3-1

Pros: The reigning men's Olympic figure skating gold medalist already knows how to combine athleticism and showmanship. The only other figure skater to appear on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Kristi Yamaguchi, won her season. As an Olympic athlete, Lysacek is used to intense training, and he's partnered with the amazing Anna Trebunskaya, arguably the field's most talented female professional now that Karina Smirnoff is off the show.

Cons: Though he won his gold medal last month, Lysacek is not as well known as Kristi Yamaguchi. And while an Olympic athlete's conditioning will certainly help, it is no guarantee of success without a personality that connects with the viewers, as swimmer Natalie Coughlin discovered last season.



Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger
Partner: Derek Hough
Odds: 5-1

Pros: There's a lot of dancing in a Pussycat Dolls show, so Scherzinger may be a ringer. Other musical stars and pop dancers, such as Mya and Spice Girl Mel B, were contenders in their respective seasons. Scherzinger will also benefit from the innovative choreography of Derek Hough.

Cons: A lot of viewers may still think the Pussycat Dolls are strippers more than singers, and while 'Dancing With the Stars' fans will support a contestant with an R-rated past (Kellie Osbourne, L'il Kim), they have not yet given one enough votes to secure a victory.



Chad OchocincoChad Ochocinco
Partner: Cheryl Burke
Odds: 8-1

Pros: Jerry Rice, also a wide receiver like the Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco, was a runner-up in his 'DWTS' season, and football player Emmitt Smith won the mirror-ball trophy. Cheryl Burke has won 'DWTS' twice and knows how to get the most out of her partners. And Chad looks to give the most entertaining post-dance interviews of any contestant, which should generate additional votes.

Cons: Football talent is no guarantee of dance talent, as past contestants Michael Irvin and Lawrence Taylor proved. He enjoys breaking the rules on the NFL field, and may be similarly inclined on the dance floor, thus risking the wrath and low paddle scores of cranky head judge Len Goodman.

Aiden TurnerAiden Turner
Partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Odds: 10-1

Pros: The ex-'All My Children' actor should receive the same loyal support enjoyed by previous soap contestants Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci, which will be enough to help him survive the early cuts even with lower judges' scores. Edyta Sliwinska has appeared on all ten 'DWTS' seasons, and long-time series fans would love to see her finally win.

Cons: Living in New York City, which could result in the kind of brutal travel schedule that contributed to Mathison's downfall.


Erin AndrewsErin Andrews
Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Odds: 12-1

Pros: Erin Andrews will be a sympathetic public choice after the lousy couple of years she's had with the ugly side of celebrity. In college, she was a member of the Dazzlers, the University of Florida's basketball dance team. Partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a favorite among the show's female viewers.

Cons: The ESPN sideline reporter has already received a lot of attention for her beauty and sexuality. Will she worry about risking her credibility by embracing those qualities in the Latin dances, where she will have to shake her hips and shimmy her shoulders while dressed in a peekaboo costume?


Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
Partner: Chelsie Hightower
Odds: 15-1

Pros: Emerged with his dignity more or less intact as the most recent star of 'The Bachelor.' Partner Chelsie Hightower took rodeo cowboy Ty Murray to the finals two seasons ago, despite Ty's near total lack of aptitude in any Latin dance.

Cons: Speed-dialing Tenley Molzhan fans?

Shannen DohertyShannen Doherty
Partner: Mark Ballas
Odds: 20-1

Pros: A familiar television face with an audience that grew up with her portrayals of Brenda Walsh on 'Beverly Hills 90210' and Prue Halliwell on 'Charmed.' Previous '90210' contestants Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth both received enough fan support to put them in the final four. Mark Ballas is a two-time DWTS winner.

Cons: Enduring bad-girl image may polarize fans. Will she leave the show after the third week and be replaced by Rose McGowan?

Niecy NashNiecy Nash
Partner: Louis Van Amstel
Odds: 30-1

Pros: The 'Reno 911' star grew up idolzing Lola Falana -- maybe she picked up some of Lola's dance moves along the way. Partner Louis Van Amstel performed wonders with previous partners Kelly Osbourne, Lisa Rinna and Monique Coleman.

Cons: Having a famous booty didn't help Kim Kardashian.

Pam AndersonPam Anderson
Partner: Damian Whitewood
Odds: 50-1

Pros: A famous name, an even more famous figure. Will have no problem wearing a barely-there dress for the samba and rumba. May be voted back by Playboy subscribers hoping she'll pop out of her costume.

Cons: Partner Damian Whitewood is a newcomer to DWTS, so he doesn't have the fanbase enjoyed by the show's other professionals.

Kate GosselinKate Gosselin
Partner: Tony Dovolani
Odds: 100-1

Pros: Running after eight kids is bound to keep someone in good shape. Seems desperate to stay in the public eye, which should work toward her determination in training and performing well enough to stick around for awhile.

Cons: Her 15 minutes ended months ago.

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
Partner: Ashly Costa
Odds: 200-1

Pros: A genuine American legend and hero. The second man to walk on the moon. After piloting the Lunar Module, how hard can it be to learn the cha-cha?

Cons: He's 80 years old. Against Abe Vigoda and Betty White, he'd have a shot. Against Olympic athletes and 20-something performers? Houston, we have a problem.


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