Dancing With The Stars joins the fantasy circuit!
Get your mind out of the gutter. DWTS (as fans call it) is hosting its first fantasy league. Between now and October 9th (if you haven’t signed up already) you can choose the couple you believe will win the mirrorball trophy. Pick correctly and you could be taking a 5-day/4-night trip to Disney’s Hawaiian resort, Aulani with up to three other guests along with a $150.00 gift card (I guess you’re on your own for meals). Two first prizes are also offered, but they are a BIG step down from the grand prize – a DWTS gift pack with a DWTS robe, beach bag, and beach towel. It would be even better if they offered you a ticket to the opening night of the next season, but I guess you can watch it on TV while wearing your robe.
So who will you pick?
This season looks much more competitive than the past season with some serious contenders. A lot will come into focus after opening night and viewers will have their first look at who has rhythm and who… needs some extra practice. While you never know for sure, I think Barbara Corcoran (from Shark Tank) won’t make it to the finals. Her star bio is pretty empty so if she has some hidden job as a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson I reserve the right to review my prediction. I’m not sure about Sasha Pieterse and Nikki Bella is the one I want to see in the finals…but I’m not sure if Artem can get her there. Frankie Muniz, as lovable as he was in Malcolm in the Middle also hasn’t shown any real rhythm in the past. But his partner is Witney Carson who took the mirrorball trophy early in her DWTS career so who knows? The same can be said of Lindsey Sterling, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Jordan Fisher and Victoria Arlen. All are paired with EXCELLENT pros who could definitely take it all the way, but I just don’t think it will be enough. That’s part of the fun and challenge of Dancing With the Stars. A good pro dancer can really make a huge difference. If Derek Hough were performing this season, I would at least put him in my top 3 if not the favorite. But alas, Derek isn’t here.
Here are my top three picks (pre-season):
Third Place – Derek Fisher – I don’t know if the man can dance, but Sharna can pull the best out of anyone. He had sweet moves on the basketball court so if he can take that speed and flexibility to the dance floor, he should be pretty good. Sports stars tend to be big favorites. I think it’s the athleticism that helps them adapt to the rigors of learning so many different moves. No gymnasts this time so Derek gets the nod. Plus, Sharna is the bomb. And if he can really jump that high? The sky’s the limit.
Second Place – Terrell Owens – It’s hard to vote against Owens. Not only do football players seem to do well (4 mirrorball champions and 9 DWTS finalists), but Owens was well known for his celebratory endzone dances. Could he translate that into a mirrorball victory? With role models like Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver, and last season’s winner, Rashad Jennings to look to, he certainly has inspiration. Plus, guys like finalists Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Warren Sapp, Jacoby Jones, and Calvin Johnson, Jr. can probably give him a tip or two. And with a teacher like Cheryl Burke, it’s likely to be good for Terrell.
First Place – Debbie Gibson – Dancers ALWAYS have an advantage. That’s why gymnasts seem to do so well, also. That background in movement and rhythm is huge! Debbie is the only one with dance experience and she is super-popular globally. Will that translate to votes in the season? I don’t know for sure, but she just seems poised to win. The only thing I’m not sure of is her pro partner. I don’t know much about Alan. He’s been on the show for five seasons and is an excellent dancer, but this is his first season as a show pro. He might be the catalyst to provide a championship or might be the one who holds Debbie back.
Dark Horse – Drew Scott – Half of the Property Brothers duo, Drew is a huge unknown. Can he dance? At all? His popularity will keep him around for at least half the season, so if he can develop some moves to go with his good looks and charm, he could take it all the way! Emma Slater is a good pro to be paired with and won for the first time ever with Rashad Jennings. Could she take Drew to the mirrorball for back-to-back victories?
Who are your favorites? Who would be your pick to win it all?