Now that the dust has settled after ABC’s announcement of the newest “Dancing with the Stars” cast (this will be season 13), we can start having a little fun. Usually what I do is scour the message boards to find the usual crop of “worst cast ever” comments, which always give me a chuckle after the sense of déjà vu passes. Then, like everyone else, I begin to give my picks for the star that will soar, as well as the one who might crash and burn.
Carson Kressley: This is probably the one contestant whose dancing matters the least to me since I’ll be watching to see how many sharp responses he can throw at the ridiculous comments Bruno makes. If they are as good as the ones I have made up in my head, then that’s definitely worth keeping Kressley around for a while.
Nancy Grace: Nancy Grace definitely has passion (possibly a bit misplaced, but it is there), so she does have that going for her. However, like everyone else, I’m thinking she might be more of a Kate Gosselin than Kirstie Alley, if only because she has never really had to “perform.” But you never know, she might just be light on her feet.
Kristin Cavallari: “Hills” co-star Audrina Patridge proved that reality starlets can actually have some talent, so don’t count Cavallari out just yet. Paired with the right partner (probably Tony, but I’m guessing he will end up with Nancy Grace if he is a pro this season), she might be able to go far.
Hope Solo: A lot of athletes have proven themselves to be very nimble on the dance floor, and since soccer requires a lot of leg strength and endurance, this gives Solo a leg up (sorry, no pun intended) on the competition. However, for every KristiYamaguchi or Apolo Ohno, there is a Monica Seles, so only time will tell which direction Solo goes.
Ron Artest: Basketball players don’t seem to fare as well as other athletes on this show, which always surprises me since I would imagine they would be used to being quick on their feet. If Artest is more Rick Fox than Clyde Drexler, then he should be a-okay.
Elisabetta Canalis: Other than the fact that she is George Clooney’s ex, I really don’t know much about the woman, other than she is quite stunning. I’ll put her down as the unknown celeb (such as Kyle Massey) who might just surprise us the most this season.
Chyna Phillips: Thanks to “Bridesmaids,” Wilson Phillips and their hit “Hold On” have been introduced to a whole new generation, which might explain why Phillips is on the show. I know the movie was a hit, but I wonder how many people would actually vote for her based on that one cameo. However, if she dances well, she might not have anything to worry about.
David Arquette: The “Scream” star certainly does have personality, which should help him get far, especially if his dance skills are lacking.
Rob Kardashian: Let’s just hope the dancing gene got passed onto the male side of the family, since we all know what happened when big sis Kim took to the floor. Honestly, unless he is Mario Lopez good, I don’t see him sticking around that long.
Chaz Bono: Chaz, formerly Chastity, has a great story going in, which if paired with decent dance ability might take Cher’s offspring pretty far.
J.R. Martinez : Another person with a strong back story, Martinez also benefits from having a fan base in the soap opera world. If he can dance, then there will be no stopping him from taking the mirror ball trophy home.
Ricki Lake: Before she was a household name via the talk show circuit, Lake was best known as the first Tracy Turnbladt in the original “Hairspray.” If you saw that John Waters classic, then you know Lake can shake it like she means it. Lake might not win, but she definitely has a chance.
Who do you think will win it all? Sound off in the comments below.
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