Because it’s never too early to close your eyes and point, we’re jumping head-first into detailed speculation on who will win Dancing With the Stars when the show ends in November. True, we haven’t even seen the 12 couples rehearse, never mind dance live, since the September 19 premiere is still about two weeks away — but whatever. We got pretty close in our premiere power rankings on DWTS Season 12 and now we’re feeling bold. Feel free to bookmark this story so you can laugh at us in two months. But who knows? Maybe we’ll be right!
3rd Place Prediction: Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
We predict Maksim Chmerkovskiy still won’t win his first Mirror Ball trophy, even after getting to the finals four times (Laila Ali, Mel B, Erin Andrews, and Kirstie Alley) and just missing the finale in a surprising fourth place finish with Brandy Norwood. Maks has a huge fan base supporting him, but we predict he and Hope Solo won’t have that spark, that undefinable chemistry that made his routines with Erin and Kirstie such “must-see TV.” Still, we see Maks managing to nudge out Ricki Lake and three-time winner Derek Hough, a pair that will do very well at the start of the season but then will have to deal with “Derek got another ringer” complaints for several weeks before finally landing at fourth place.
2nd Place Prediction: J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio were surprise finale shut-outs last season, and this season we see her making it to the end with humble and charming All My Children actor/Iraq veteran J.R. Martinez. He has such a bubbly, positive attitude and an undeniably moving backstory — and alone those could get him to the end. But we predict he’ll have some talent, too, just not quite enough to win.
Winner Prediction: Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Some oddsmakers say Elisabetta Canalis or Hope Solo are the ones to beat, but we’re going with the pinch-hitter. Carson Kressley wasn’t even supposed to be here, but Ryan O’Neal backed out, leaving room for the energetic style guru. He’s a hoot in interviews, so charming and funny, and also intelligent — as he proved on Celebrity Jeopardy against Nancy Grace. He and Anna Trebunskaya are an adorable odd couple — he’s hilarious and stylish, she a little Russian drill instructor. He dresses her up in gorgeous clothes and they bring out the best in each other. And, we predict, he will be a gay Fred Astaire on the dance floor and the audience will eat it up, giving Anna her first Mirror Ball trophy.
Agree? Disagree? Say so in the comments and we’ll see who’s right!