Participating in the all-star line-up of dancers this season (15) on “Dancing With The Stars,” which was announced on “Good Morning America” in July, are six former mirror ball champions. And if you’re a betting person or interested in an office pool focused on the hit ABC dance show, you just might want to hedge your bets in the direction of those former champs, especially if they’re former athletes. Because, according to professional oddsmakers like Bovada, they’re the most likely to take the “All-Stars” mirror ball trophy home. Again.
Of course, that would only make sense. When one considers that much of the voting that goes on regarding “Dancing With The Stars” (DWTS) finds itself directed toward the winner of the overall popularity contest mixed with technical ability, it isn’t difficult to believe that those that have won the title before would most likely have the best odds of winning the contest a second time.
So if most of the champs are in the top half of the odds list, who is at the bottom?
Perennial hottie Pamela Anderson holds the distinction of being the least likely to win the “DWTS” all-stars match-up. She rests at the bottom with 40/1 odds of winning. She finished in sixth placing during Season 10 with a dance score average of 22.8.
That average isn’t the worst among the 13 all-star contestants. That distinction goes to reality show celeb Bristol Palin, who only averaged a 22.6 dance score. Of course, she did make it to third place during Season 11, which makes her a challenger. However, the oddsmakers don’t think her challenge too intimidating, giving Palin the second longest odds of winning at 25/1. Still, that is a 15-point jump over the effervescent Anderson.
The lowest of the champs is soap opera star Kelly Monaco (Season 1), who has 15/1 odds of winning the event, which gives her an overall ninth-place ranking among the all-stars (tied with Season 5 seventh-placer Sabrina Brian). The highest ranking non-all-star is ‘N sync singer Joey Fatone. His odds of winning are 15/2 (or 7.5 to 1), but it must be noted that he came in second during Season 4 to Apolo Anton Ohno. Fatone is also tied as the fifth most likely to win with fellow boy band member (98 Degrees) and Season 2 winner Drew Lachey.
Which brings us to the those with the best odds of taking home the mirror ball trophy. Olympic gold medal speed skater Ohno leads with 9/2 odds (or 4.5 to 1), with Formula car race champ and Season 5 “DWTS” winner Helio Castroneves hot on his heels at 5/1 odds. There is a third place tie between NFL Hall of Famer and Season 3 winner Emmett Smith and Olympic gold medal gymnast and Season 8 champ Shawn Johnson at 6/1 odds.
All of the top 4 are world-class athletes. All are previous champs.
So who will win Season 15 of “DWTS.” Ultimately, and all odds aside, it is up to the viewers — the voters. Among those not mentioned are actress Kirstie Alley, who was runner-up during Season 12; actor Giles Marini, who placed second in Season 8; and reality tv star Melissa Rycroft, who came in right behind Marini Season 8. And odds only suggest favorability or likelihood. They are not immutable and, until a participant is eliminated, the chance still exists that that particular participant could be the eventual winner. If it was all set, there would be little reason to have the competition.
And that is why we watch such competitions — sometimes to confirm, but often regardless and despite the odds.
“Dancing With The Stars All-Stars” (Season 15) premieres on ABC Television on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). All the judges will return, as will show host Tom Bergeron, who took home an Emmy at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday evening for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.