Predictions are swirling ahead of the Dancing With The Stars Season 25 premiere later this month. So which pairs have the best chance of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy?
Even before the official cast announcement on Sept. 6, many of the celebrities and their pro partners were leaked online. And Season 25 could be one of the most competitive yet, including plenty of athletes and musicians.
Disney star Jordan Fisher, paired with Lindsay Arnold, has to be considered one of the front-runners. The former Disney star recently showed off his dancing chops on Broadway, and his good looks will earn him plenty of votes with the ladies. The only question is whether some will see him as a ringer, leading to a shocking early exit a la Heather Morris last season.
Other musicians on DWTS 2017 include violinist Lindsey Stirling and 98 Degrees star Nick Lachey. Lindsey is a bit of a wild card, as she doesn't really get to show off her dance skills on stage while she's playing her violin. But being paired with popular returning pro Mark Ballas should help.
Nick, meanwhile, could get plenty of votes from nostalgic boy band fans. He is the second member of 98 Degrees to compete on Dancing With The Stars, following in the footsteps of his brother, Season 2 winner Drew Lachey.
In fact, DWTS Season 25 will be a family affair for Nick. His wife, Vanessa Lachey, will also compete. Naturally, they are paired with the newlywed pros, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. Vanessa may not have that big of a fan base coming in, but this husband-and-wife storyline could get her some extra votes.
Of course, every season of Dancing With The Stars must have an inspirational story or two, and Season 25 is no exception. Former Paralympian and current ESPN host Victoria Arlen will be paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. Victoria suffered from two auto-immune diseases that left her unable to move or talk.
She slowly came out of her vegetative state and became a Paralympic swimmer in 2012, when she won four medals. At the time, she was still using a wheelchair, but she learned to walk again just last year. While she may be one of the least known members of the cast, contestants with disabilities have had strong runs on the show before.
Other athletes in the DWTS 2017 cast include former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, paired with Cheryl Burke, wrestler Nikki Bella, paired with Artem Chigvintsev, and former NBA star Derek Fisher, paired with Sharna Burgess. Nikki has a fairly big fanbase coming in thanks to her E! reality show and relationship with John Cena. So she could be a potential dark horse if she shows any kind of rhythm.
Derek Fisher has an uphill battle to do well on DWTS. Other NBA players like Clyde Drexler and Metta World Peace had early exits. And Derek doesn't exactly have the best reputation right now after a tumultuous coaching stint with the New York Knicks and a DUI arrest.
Other previously leaked DWTS Season 25 pairings include Property Brothers star Drew Scott with Emma Slater, actor Frankie Muniz with Witney Carson, and Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe. That means poor Keo is once again stuck with an older woman and possibly another early exit.
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