Predicting who will win ”Dancing With the Stars”
MARIO LOPEZ AND KARINA SMIRNOFF
Why He’ll Win Judge Bruno said it best: He’s got batteries in his pants! Mario’s swivel hips, natural rhythm, and play-to-the-crowd showmanship make him the heavy favorite. His pocket ace is that he’s overcome the biggest hurdle for Dancing gents: having to lead.
Why He Won’t A.C. Slater don’t play by no stinkin’ rules — and nothing ticks the judges off more.
WILLA FORD AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
Why She’ll Win Latecomer Willa shows bounce in her boogie as well as surprising grace on the slower numbers. And on the Oct. 3 show, she waltzed right into the judges’ hearts.
Why She Won’t Willa’s pathetic-sounding plea that this was all she had going on in her career may win her a few more sympathy votes, but this is still Super Mario’s show to lose.
JOEY LAWRENCE AND EDYTA SLIWINSKA
Why He’ll Win He’s got the eye of the tiger (and we’re not just talking about those overgroomed brows). No, he couldn’t cha-cha for cha-change on the street, but Joey’s steadily improved, and his butt-kissing skills are truly top-notch.
Why He Won’t If any ex-kid star is gonna win the trophy, it probably shouldn’t be the one who pranced around in blackface on Gimme a Break.
MONIQUE COLEMAN AND LOUIS VAN AMSTEL
Why She’ll Win That running-leap-off-the-stage-with-backward-twist during the jive proved that Monique is willing to risk severe bodily injury for our amusement. Plus, she and partner Louis overcame their initial lack of chemistry and work themselves to exhaustion every week.
Why She Won’t High School Musical fans may be everywhere, but they aren’t exactly mobilizing for Monique.