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The new season of Dancing with the Stars is set and there are the usual mix of celebrities, athletes, and musicians in the group of contestants that was recently revealed. Along with the list, sports books also unveiled the betting odds for the new season.
In the past couple of years, online sports books have been receiving more action on proposition bets for reality competitions. Dancing with the Stars and American idol are among the most popular shows that gamblers have wagered on. Early in the year, fans latch on to a contestant they believe can win, and then they place bets on that contestant.
This season of DWTS, Jennifer Grey is the betting favorite. Grey starred as a dancer in the movie Dirty Dancing, and perhaps gamblers believe that the training she received for that movie will help her on the show. Grey has odds of +200, meaning that for every $100 bet, the gambler will win $200 if Grey wins.
The odds will change from week to week throughout the competition. The second choice this season is singer Brandy, with odds comparable to Grey at +250. Brandy’s musical background should help her get through the early stages of the competition, and from there it will be up to the fans whether she moves on further.
Former Lakers star Rick Fox is one of the athletes on the show, and Fox is also the top choice among the men participating. Fox has odds of 5/1 to win. David Hasselhoff has again made himself relevant to television viewers, and Hasselhoff has 8/1 to steal the show. Audrina Partridge is 6/1 on the women’s side.
The long shots this year may surprise some fans. Former Super Bowl winning quarterback Kurt Warner is at +2000, while Kyle Massey comes in as one of the long shots at +2500. Margaret Cho also has odds of 25/1. Florence Henderson is the largest underdog in the field, with odds of +5000.