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The new season of Dancing with the Stars has arrived, and that means a new wave of contestants for America to fall in love with. In season 12, there are the usual mix of reality stars, athletes, entertainers, and musicians.
Kendra Wilkinson made her fame in the Playboy Mansion as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. Wilkinson has been on the scene for several years, and her bubbly personality has odds makers believing she is the one to beat in this year’s DTWS competition.
Wilkinson has been installed as a 7/2 favorite. Unlike in many competitions, DWTS is usually wide open at the beginning, with no clear-cut favorite. That is the case again this season with several contestants holding low odds, slightly behind Wilkinson. Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward, and Ralph Macchio all have 11/2 odds.
Sugar Ray Leonard had one of the most lovable personalities that has ever been seen in the boxing ring, with fans from all across the world rooting for the ex-champ. Footwork is a key part of having success in the ring, and Leonard could use his footwork to wow the audience over the next couple of months.
Lil’ Romeo is the next choice at 8/1. The rapper has shown off his dance moves on stage and on the big screen, but he is facing some stiff competition this year. Mike Catherwood comes in right behind Romeo with 9/1 odds.
The odds will constantly change as the season moves along, with voting patterns determining the chances of each contestant. To start, however, these is a list of four contestants that are considered early long shots to win with odds of at least 10/1.
Professional wrestler Chris Jericho and celebrity Kirstie Alley hold the 10/1 odds. Wendy Williams is next with 12/1 odds, and Petra Nemcova is the longest of shots at 18/1. Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars begins on Monday with a two-hour premiere on ABC.