By The Prairie Staff
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” will quickstep its way back to prime time Monday, and we can’t wait for the 13 celebrity cast members to get their grooves on. The following is a break down of one of the hottest celeb casts to date, including elimination predictions.
Week One – David Alan Grier & Gilles Marini
David Alan Grier (Dancing with Kym Johnson)
Claim to fame: He’s often recognized for his work in television and film. He has been known for his TV roles in Living Color, Life with Bonnie, DAG and most recently, Chocolate News for Comedy Central. You may also remember him from Dreamgirls, Jumanji and several other movies.
Why he’ll win: He will be the new cut up of the season.
Why he’ll lose: His partner has already won a few times on this show and producers wouldn’t want her to win yet again.
Gilles Marini (Dancing with Cheryl Burke)
Claim to fame: He’s the actor who exploded onto the scene as Dante, the Casanova living in the beach house next door to Kim Cattrall’s Samantha in the Sex and the City movie. He also appeared in TV series such as Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, and Criminal Minds.
Why he’ll win: He’s an avid soccer player and those moves might just keep him in this competition.
Why he’ll lose: He might be seen as one of the underdogs of the competition.
Week Two – Steve Wozinak
Steve Wozinak (Dancing with Karina Smirnoff)
Claim to fame: He’s the co-founder of Apple computers and has been the Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and has published his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006.
Why he’ll win: He has many fans. Every engineer, technorati, software designer out there holds high regards for this beloved engineer.
Why he’ll lose: He lacks the stereotypical physique of the skinny guy and is seen as a big “teddy bear.
Week Three – Ty Murray
Ty Murray – Dancing with Chelsie Hightower
Claim to fame: He’s the bull-riding, world champion superstar and husband of pop singer Jewel. In 2004, Murray helped shepherd National Day of the Horse unanimously through the U.S. Senate, encouraging Americans “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to economy, history and character of the United States.”
Why he’ll win: If he can pull off whatever they put him in, he’ll be good to go.
Why he’ll lose: He doesn’t have as much star appeal as the other contestents
Week Four – Lawrence Taylor
Claim to fame: He’s a former NFL star and hall of famer who spent his entire career with the New York Giants, leading them to two Super Bowl titles. He has won numerous awards, written two bestselling books, Living on the Edge and Over the Edge, and has also appeared in The Waterboy, Any Given Sunday and Shaft.
Why he’ll win: He has NFL pedigree to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Jason Taylor
Why he’ll lose: He doesn’t have the best footwork on the dance floor.
Week Five – Belinda Carlisle
Claim to fame: She’s best known as the lead singer for the Go-go’s but also as one of the late 80’s most glamorous adult pop soloists. Since then, Carlisle has released five more albums and continues to tour internationally, both with her Go-Go’s sisters and as a solo artist.
Why she’ll win: She’s ready to prove that she still has the beat to shine.
Why she’ll lose: At 50, she’s the oldest contender on the show.
Week Six – Jewel
Claim to fame: She’s the three-time Grammy nominee who’s first country record, “Perfectly Clear,” hit #1 on the Billboards Top Country Albums Chart. She is also the wife of rodeo husband, Ty Murray.
Why she’ll win: She loves to dance and has a passion for it.
Why she’ll lose: She’ll be up against her husband and might not have what it takes.
Week Seven – Steve-O
Steve-O (Dancing with Lacey Schwimmer)
Claim to fame: He’s the self-proclaimed actor who produced his own “too hot for TV” video series and stage show with the “Don’t Try This At Home” Tour and also starred in his own show for MTV – Wildboyz.
Why he’ll win: This stunt devil with a wacked personality said on the Kimmel show that he “wants his partner to crack this whip, he wants to win this thing.”
Why he’ll lose: He might not be able to stick with it long enough to win over judge Len Goodman.
Week Eight – Denise Richards
Denise Richards (Dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Claim to fame: She got her start as a fashion model before making her way into television and movies. Richards now produces her own reality show, Denise Richards: It’s Complicated airing on E! Entertainment Television.
Why she’ll win: She’s the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen and has the looks and the body to make it to the top.
Why she’ll lose: Unfortunately, she has two left feet.
Semifinals – Lil’ Kim
Claim to fame: She’s the Grammy Award winning multi-platinum rapper, singer, actress and fashion icon. As an actress, she appeared on TV shows such as Moesha and The Game and on film, she appeared in Zoolander, She’s All That, Juwanna Man and You Got Served.
Why she’ll win: As a famed artist, she has the potential.
Why she’ll lose: This is a little out of her range, she might be best sticking to what she knows.
Finals – Nancy O’Dell
Claim to fame: She’s the co-host on Access Hollywood and has contributed to NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC. She is also an actress and firm supporter of philanthropic endeavors.
Why she’ll win: She has made her way into pop culture and is sure to make a brillant scene from the start.
Why she’ll lose: She says her biggest fear is “knowing whether she can dance or not.”
Runner-Up – Chuck Wicks
Claim to fame: He’s the country singer who made an impression with his Top 5 hit, Stealing Cinderella, the fastest-rising single by a debut country act in 2007. Wicks is currently dating dancer Julianne Hough.
Why he’ll win: He might just be the one who brings the most chemistry to the dance floor when he dances alongside his girlfriend and now ,dance partner.
Why he’ll lose: Juggling a career in country music, a relationship and dancing in front of a live audience it might just break him.
Champion – Shawn Johnson
Claim to fame: She’s the olympic gymnast who won the gold medal for balance beam in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Her debut biography, Shawn Johnson: Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile was released in December. Johnson, 17, is also the youngest competitor to be on Dancing with the Stars.
Why she’ll win: She’s a born athlete and a strong contender who has a leg up on the competition. She also has the ability to have some serious star power and make the dance floor shine.
Why she’ll lose: Johnson knows what it’s like to be judged so therefore the judges might be tougher on her.