Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Bets for Dancing With The Stars


Before Season 8 of "Dancing With the Stars" began, we threw out some odds for each star to win the competition. Now that we've got three weeks of visual knowledge of each star's ability (or inability) to dance, it's time to recalculate the odds.

Gilles Marini with Cheryl Burke: European swarthiness can take a man far. Old odds: 7-1. New odds: 3-2.

Melissa Rycroft with Tony Dovolani: The dumped truck dropped her at the "DWTS" doorstep a broken woman. She steps into one of those ballroom gowns and looks like she's the pro dancer, not the celeb. Old odds: 10-1. New odds: 3-1.

Shawn Johnson with Mark Ballas: She's young, which means all her friends know how to use computers and text messaging to jack up the votes, which count for 50 percent of the total score. Plus, she's pretty darn good. Old odds: 16-1. New odds: 6-1.

Lil' Kim with Derek Hough: Lil Kim, the Queen Bee, so you best take heed, shall I proceed? Yes, indeed. Old odds: 18-1. New odds: 8-1.

Chuck Wicks with Julianne Hough: He's good, she's hot, but they'll need a boost from the country music world to get past those ahead of them of this list. Old odds: 4-1. New odds: 8-1.

David Alan Grier with Kym Johnson: Even with all 250 members of the Wayans family voting for the former "In Living Color" cast member, it won't be enough to get over the hump. Old odds: 10-1. New odds: 15-1.

Lawrence Taylor with Edyta Sliwinska: LT can shake it, which is not surprising. But barring injuries to everyone above him, there's no chance he can win. Old odds: 22-1. New odds: 22-1.

Holly Madison with Dmitry Chaplin: Another latecomer to the field, and all that sympathy is now gone. She's got the backing of 50 years worth of Playmates and Mansion partygoers, but that won't do the trick. Old odds: 7-1. New odds: 25-1.

Ty Murray with Chelsie Hightower: Probably the best at the pre-dance interviews with his dry humor, but Murray just can't win, even if he looked smoother when his professional partner fell. Old odds: 6-1. New odds: 30-1.

Steve-O with Lacey Schwimmer: While it's fun to see Steve-O dressed in real clothing, that's about the extent of it. Old odds: 9-1. New odds: 30-1.

Steve Wozniak with Karina Smirnoff: The dude did the worm! It's intriguing how the worst celeb dancer ever, a guy who practically invented computers, is still on a show that counts viewers' votes as 50 percent of the score. Hmmmm. Did we mention the dude did the worm?!? Old odds: 100-1. New odds: 150-1.

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