We handicap the ninth season of ''Dancing With the Stars'' -- Our picks for who will cha-cha, waltz, and salsa their way to the mirror-ball trophy

By Annie Barrett
Updated October 02, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Donny Osmond

The natural-born performer has a rapt over-50 fan base, bubbly pro Kym at his side, and — as we all know — Osmonds make the top 3. (See season 5.)


Based on dance ability alone, she’s the only female contestant who’s a lock for the finals. Partner Dmitry often goes shirtless — also a plus.

Mark Dacascos

So You Think You Can Dance crossover partner Lacey should be able to control the Iron Chef America chairman’s explosive dance style.

Natalie Coughlin

If the Olympic gold medalist remembers she’s on land and therefore allowed to breathe, she and partner Alec could quietly lap them all.