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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Entertainment : Simone Biles and Everyone Else at DWTS 24

Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars premieres this Monday night (8 PM ET, ABC), and to almost no one’s surprise, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is the favorite at +150. But she’ll have some professional competition in the form of Heather Morris (+500), a triple-threat entertainer who was in the cast of Glee.

Biles is the next in a long line of athletes who have performed on DWTS, and while athletes aren’t winning the competition as often as they used to, the Season 23 champion was also a gold-winning US gymnast: Laurie Hernandez, who opened as the +250 favorite last September. Biles won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, and carried the flag for Team USA during the closing ceremonies.

Morris may not be quite as famous as Biles, but she’s got the chops, and the people that know her fit right into the DWTS core demographic. The 30-year-old Californian has been dancing since she was nine, and spent time as a back-up dancer for Beyoncé before appearing on Glee. Former US figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (+1000) will also bring some dancing skills to the table for Season 24.

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Entertainment Odds: Biles vs. Morris at DWTS 24

Gold-winning US gymnast Simone Biles is the +150 favorite to win Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars, beginning this Monday at 8 PM ET on ABC. But waiting in the wings is Heather Morris (+500), a former professional dancer who appeared in the cast of Glee.

Biles and Morris could get a run for their money from Nancy Kerrigan (+1000), the former US figure skater who also appeared on the 2006 reality show Skating with Celebrities. Other top contenders include veteran entertainer Charo and model/bull rider Bonner Bolton, both at +900.

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