ADAM CAROLLA & JULIANNE HOUGH – Julianne has won two consecutive seasons (with Apollo and Helio) and has a good chance at winning again, no matter who her partner is. Her choreography is by far the best on the show.
CRISTIÁN DE LA FUENTE & CHERYL BURKE - Coming into her fifth season, Cheryl has won twice. She has had bad partners in the past (i.e. Wayne ‘the Pain’ Newton, pictured), and we all know how this show feels about models (Albert Reed, Josie Maran, Paulina Porizkova, Shandi Finnessey, etc.).
SHANNON ELIZABETH & DEREK HOUGH –This is only his second season, but with choreography skills second only to his little sis, this guy has a shot at the mirror ball trophy.
STEVE GUTTENBERG & ANNA TREBUNSKAYA – Anna was with my main man Albert Reed last season, and even though they went home early, I thought they were great. Besides, Steve’s got the whole short, goofy, guy thing going for him. On Oprah today, she asked if he felt out of his league, and he replied, “Yeah, I thought I was going to be on the Bachelor.” Oh, Stevey.
PENN JILLETTE & KYM JOHNSON – Kym was a runner-up with Joey back in season 4 (pictured), but I am predicting Penn will be more like this season’s version of Wayne Newton or Billy Ray.
MARIO & KARINA SMIRNOFF – Karina was runner-up with current boyfriend Mario Lopez back in season 3, and this Mario should have some dancing chops with all those soulful R&B videos, no?
MARLEE MATLIN & FABIAN SANCHEZ – Hmm fresh meat. Fabian is a newbie to DWTS, so we will see what happens…
PRISCILLA PRESLEY & LOUIS VAN AMSTEL - I have never seen a season with Louis on it, but this is supposedly his fourth stint on the show. Also, Priscilla claims she has been wanting to do the show for years. Will her drive be enough?
MONICA SELES & JONATHAN ROBERTS – Jonathon stayed on for far too long with Marie Osmond last season, but now he has a taste for the finals.
JASON TAYLOR & EDYTA SLIWINSKA – This is one hot match up (sorry that picture is fuzzy). We all know Edyta is gorgeous, but I saw Jason today on Oprah and he is fine. Plus, she is the only pro to have danced on all six seasons.
MARISSA JARET WINOKUR & TONY DOVOLANI – I thought Tony’s dancing last season with Dr.Quinn was boring, so hopefully Tracy Turnblad can help him get his groove back.
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI & MARK BALLAS – This might be a pair to beat. Mark was paired with Sabrina Bryan last season, who went home way too early, and athletes tend to do well in this competition (i.e. Apollo, Laila, Helio, etc.).
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