In just under two weeks Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez, Gov. Rick Perry, Amber Rose and more will step into the ballroom alongside their “Dancing with the Stars” partners to compete for the mirror ball trophy.
With none of the celebrity cast members having strapped on their dancing shoes yet, it’s anyone’s guess who will take the win. On Tuesday, “Good Morning America” co-hosts speculated that Lochte and Hernandez may have a leg up on their competition, given their Olympic training, while Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford suggested that Marilu Henner — whose mother owned a dance studio — would likely take it all.
Before Season 23 kicks off, here are our predictions for which pair will be crowned king and queen of the “DWTS” ballroom:
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough
Aside from the fact that Henner has been dancing since childhood, Hough — who returned to “DWTS” at the last minute after learning that “Singin’ in the Rain” on Broadway had been postponed — has the most wins under his belt of any pro on the show. Hough took home the mirror ball in Season 7 with Brooke Burke, Season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger, Season 11 with Jennifer Grey, Season 16 with Kellie Pickler, Season 17 with Amber Riley and Season 21 with Bindi Irwin.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy
Although Chmerkovskiy has never taken home the mirror ball, his partner brings with her unique experience that we feel may help her on “DWTS.” In addition to being able to flip every which way, Hernandez is used to performing rhythmic routines which are, in essence, dances.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke
Training to be an Olympian takes hard work, dedication and, of course, physical ability. Given Lochte’s numerous trips to different Olympic games and Burke’s years of competing on “DTWS,” we think they stand a pretty good chance of winning — let’s just hope Lochte’s as good on the dancefloor as he is in the pool.
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber
Jolé is known for her mini Britney Spears impression, which means she knows a thing or two about moving her body to the music. Couple her talent with Farber’s professional dance skills and you’ve got a potentially show-stopping team.
Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Amber Rose has been known to show off her booty shaking on Instagram and with Maksim by her side to teach her new ways to utilize her abilities on “DWTS,” we’re certain they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker
Winning “DWTS” requires rhythm, talent and the ability to work as a team. While there’s no telling how these two will team up, they’ve certainly got no shortage of rhythm and talent, which means other pairs should beware.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko
Neither Kramer nor Savchenko are strangers to dancing or the spotlight, so there’s definitely a chance for this duo to sweep the competition.
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson
Vanilla Ice, born Robert Matthew Van Winkle, had moves back in the day — hopefully he’ll be able to dust them off and keep his head in the game during Season 23 of “DWTS.” If so, there’s a good chance this duo could go far on the show.
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold
If Johnson’s able to translate his fancy footwork on the football field into his routines in the ballroom, he and Arnold may just be unstoppable. If not, however, the results could be disastrous for them.
Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson
Austin is the youngest member of the “DWTS” Season 23 cast and that may just prove to be an advantage for him — provided he takes Jenna’s coaching to heart.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess
Burgess has had years to prep for a “DWTS” win, but for Hinchcliffe this is all new. While he could pull out some exceptional skills on the dance floor, he may also find that he’s in over his head.
Maureen McCormack and Artem Chigvintsev
Marsha Brady may have been good at everything, but can the same be said for McCormack? Only time will tell!
Gov. Rick Perry and Emma Slater
Slater may be a pro, but will she be able to teach this stiff politician to shake what his mama gave him? We have our doubts.
“DWTS” Season 23 kicks off Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. Who do you think is going to win?