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'Dancing With the Stars' odds-on faves

"Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet announce the season 16 cast live on "Good Morning America" on ABC. Credit: ABC

Putting a disappointing "All-Star" season in its rearview mirror ball trophy, "Dancing With the Stars" reboots Monday (ABC/7 at 8) with a back-to-the-future edition. Who will win the 16th edition? Come on -- admit it: You care. So do I, and with that, let's go to the handicaps:

Zendaya (partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy) With just one name, who does she think she is? (Full name is Zendaya Coleman.) She has the advantage of youth (16), personality and experience (a handful of music videos). As Rocky Blue from Disney Channel's "Shake It Up," she's also an in-house star -- and the younger ones usually do well here. Odds of winning: 10-1

Andy Dick (Sharna Burgess). The comedian and D-list celeb with Lohanesque-size problems is no laughing matter -- he really does need help and hopefully "DWTS" will provide that. But he better get it fast because he could be one of the first to go. Odds: 1 million-1

Dorothy Hamill (Tristan MacManus) Household name status will go a long way here but at 56, she would be the oldest winner. (Jennifer Grey was 50 when she got her trophy.) Even though her Innsbruck gold medal has 37 years' worth of dust on it, she remains a huge star and athlete, appearing with "Stars on Ice" in Japan in January. She's very much in shape. Odds: 8-1

D.L. Hughley (Cheryl Burke) "DWTS" wouldn't partner Hughley with Burke (nor would she agree) if he were a stiff. But the former ABC sitcom star and onetime King of Comedy has turned into a professional commentator (recent book: "I Want You to Shut the ---- Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America"), and they tend to polarize viewers, especially older ones. Odds: 45-1

Jacoby Jones (Karina Smirnoff) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is a first-rate athlete and a funny guy (watch his recent "Kimmel" appearance if you don't believe me) but... he just had knee surgery, which will -- or should -- force him to be conservative on this floor. Odds: 20-1

Wynonna Judd (Tony Dovolani) Biggest "name" this season, and, while she doesn't exactly cut a figure as a dancer, she is pure charisma, plus she has that star ability to work the crowd. She'll play well to "DWTS's" mostly older, mostly rural audience. Odds: 12-1

Sean Lowe (Peta Murgatroyd) What would "DWTS" be without another "Bachelor" contestant. He was a hit there, will be a hit here. But a winner? No way. Odds: 10-1

Victor Ortiz (Lindsay Arnold) For his sake, let's hope ABC doesn't show replays of his 22 wins by KO. Professional boxers -- no matter how compelling their story -- cannot win this show: They won't get the viewer votes. But he'll still be very good. Odds: 14-1

Kellie Pickler (Derek Hough) Two words: "Derek" and "Hough." He's the only superstar of "DWTS" fame and, for that reason alone, Pickler is already a front-runner. Nice, self-deprecating personality, too. She could win. (But won't). Odds: 5-1

Ingo Rademacher (Kym Johnson) Jax of "General Hospital," and another in-house star. Just seems like a long shot. (But I hear he's a good surfer!) Odds: 50-1

Aly Raisman (Mark Ballas) Captain of U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics; individual gold on the floor. Great pairing with Ballas for TV purposes: she's 5'3"; he's 5'6". She's your 16th season winner. Odds: 1-1

Lisa Vanderpump (Gleb Savchenko). Star of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" will not win "DWTS" and, more to the point, should not win either, just on principle alone. Odds: 500,000-1


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