The first edition of our “Dancing with the Stars” rankings have arrived for this All-Stars season, and we have to toot our own horn here slightly in saying that Pamela Anderson, as predicted weeks ago, was the first celebrity to be sent home. What we were a little bit stunned about, however, was that Drew Lachey joined her in the bottom two despite never being there once during the show’s second season.
So who could end up joining Pamela next? As always, we are basing our rankings on not just the judges’ scores, but the perception of how big their respective fan followings may be.
12. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – We predicted that Bristol would be the second star out, and we are staying by that for one major reason: fan base. We know she has supporters, but she’s not the sort of contestant that can really pick up many new fans over the course of the season. She’s controversial, and we still don’t know if her following is as big as it once was given her mother’s own decline in the political world.
11. Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya – We actually had Drew and Anna going all of the way to the finale, so seeing them in this much trouble already is something that makes us a little bit nervous. Hopefully, his bottom tow placement will be a call for his fans to step up, since otherwise one of the most-popular champions ever could be out the door son.
10. Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Kirstie will probably be a wild card on the show all season long. We know that she and Maks have a following, and that will protect them for at least a few weeks. Eventually, though, it may catch up to them that Kirstie has to work harder than any of these other contestants to make her performances shine.
9. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – From a dancing standpoint, we’re really not that worried about how well Melissa will do. It’s more about the fanbase here, and she is actually on this season similar to another former Tony contestant in Chynna Phillips. If she has one bad week, she could be in trouble.
8. Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson – For comic relief, Joey may end up staying put for a while. However, there is also a part of us that admittedly thought he was going to be a little bit better given that he has performed in Las Vegas and has kept on dancing ever since he was on the show last.
7. Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – We go both ways on Apolo this time around. He’s clearly a great dancer, and you know that he will probably work harder than any other contestant on the show. What we are more concerned about is if he is going to be able to fare as well with someone in Karina who may not bring the same sort of fun out of him that we saw from Julianne Hough.
6. Kelly Monaco and Val Chermkovskiy – We’ll best honest here and say that Kelly was our biggest surprise of the night. We thought for sure that the original champ would be rusty, especially since she had never even danced the cha-cha before. However, she was one of the better people on the night, and she also has the soap opera audience behind her.
5. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel – What will be interesting to watch this week is how Sabrina recovers from a weak performance. This is what doomed her the first time, but we have a feeling she could fare better here given that she has a following, and at the same time, she may see this season as a serious shot at redemption.
4. Helio Castronever and Chelsie Hightower – Really, this was our fault for predicting that these two would finish where they did in this season. We underestimated just how fun Helio is! We’re still not sure that he is the best dancer by any means, but voters have a hard time getting rid of someone who makes them smile … and Helio does just that.
3. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – While last season in our mind (regardless of Donald Driver’s win) felt more about the ladies, the men seem to have more of an advantage this time based just on the way in which they were cast. You can claim that Shawn and Sabrina are similar dancers, but there are two things that cause this former Olympian to rise more to the top: her past status as a winner, and her partner in Derek Hough.
2. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Even though he did not win his season, Gilles still is in our head probably the most complete dancer on this season. Not only is he technically sound, but he has that sort of leading man charm and enthusiasm that so many of the ladies go far. Plus, he’s also funny, and that never hurts.
1. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – How can you really put anyone other than Emmitt right now at the top of the list? We’re still not 100% sold that he will be able to be the top scorer for some of the ballroom routines that require a little bit more grace, but his cha-cha coupled wtih his enormous fan following already has him as the instant favorite.
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