The 13 participants have been named for Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, and as usual, athletes are among the top favorites on the entertainment futures market. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez is the biggest chalk of them all at +250; model/actor Amber Rose and rapper Vanilla Ice are well behind at +700.
The winners on this program are decided by a panel of judges and by audience vote, so popularity plays nearly as much of a role as dancing ability. Early seasons of DWTS were dominated by sports figures, but the only athlete among the last eight champions was US figure skater Meryl Davis, who won the Spring 2014 event after claiming gold in ice dancing at the Winter Games in Sochi.
Hernandez could get a similar bump this year after her success at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning gold for the US in the team event and silver on the balance beam. On the other hand, disgraced American swimmer Ryan Lochte (+1000) should find it harder to win over the audience, despite his gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay. This season's long shot/sacrificial lamb is Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, at +3300.
Entertainment Odds: From Rio to Dancing with the Stars
After winning a gold and a silver medal at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, US gymnast Laurie Hernandez is the heavy +250 favorite at press time to win Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. Trailing at +700 are model/actor Amber Rose and rapper Vanilla Ice.
Hernandez should have a much better chance of winning DWTS than her Olympic cohort, US swimmer Ryan Lochte (+1000). Even though he also won gold in the pool, and is a familiar face on the reality TV scene, Lochte's profile may have been irreparably damaged by his behavior in Rio.