ABC announced the twelve couples dancing on Season 24 of DWTS on Good Morning America this morning. I may be overly optimistic, but I think Erika has a shot a winning!
Erika Jayne was paired with Gleb Savchenko a Russian dancer who had danced on a few international versions of the show. He was on Season 23 with Jana Kramer and they came in fourth. On his first season, he was paired with Lisa Vanderpump on Season 16 and they were the second team voted off, but came in 1oth out of 12 because someone dropped out. Gleb is 33 and 6’1″. He’s not Max or Val, but he will do nicely. He’s already on Twitter asking for help with a team name and hashtaging XXpensive.
What I see as competition for our girl boils down to three other female contestants.
Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Heather is 30 and was on Glee. She has also been a backup dancer for Beyoncé. Combine that with Max’s huge fan base and they are a threat. Someone may need to Nancy Kerrigan this one.
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber
Olympic gold medalist, Simone at 19 is not going to run out of energy for this competition. Also, she has something to prove to fellow teammate Laurie Hernandez who won last season. Her fans will more than make up for Sasha’s moderate fan base. Simone has a MASSIVE fan base.
Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Speaking of Laurie Hernandez, she won last season with Val. His partner this season is Fifth Harmony member Normani. She’s 20 and quite familiar with picking up new choreography. Howver, Fifth Harmony is beginning their Asian tour. It’s all going down at the same time. Is Val really going to fly with her on tour to rehearse? I don’t see how this will work out at all, so she may not be a problem.
I don’t see Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev or Charo & Keo Motsepe being a threat at all.
As for the men, Nick Viall is paired with Peta Murgatroyd. Petra is the Max of the women. She’s the one that has a chance of a male winner. I don’t think has the skills or the fan base to win.
Chris Kattan & Witney Carson don’t impress me either. Witney is good. She’s won before but comedians are not generally good dancers.
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess? I mean bull riders are hot. We shall see.
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold? David is a retired football play who is 39. I predict an injury real or imaginary.
Mr. T & Kym Herjavec? I think it is safe to say Kym won’t get engaged to her partner this year.
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater? These two are a bit of a wild card.
So who do you think will win? Who is the biggest competition for Erika Jayne?