Dancing With the Stars: Pre-Season 21 Predictions

Yeah, yeah, I know. I actually have the most recent Boy Meets World review all typed up, but my computer crashed, taking the Photoshop document with all the screenshots with it. That sort of sucked out my motivation to do more for the time being.

Anyway I thought it’d be fun/silly this season of Dancing With the Stars to predict the eliminations each week, offer up a bit of my own commentary? I won’t be doing full-on reviewcaps (I think doing reviewcaps of reality tv competition shows is weird), though.

So here’s the initial celeb/pro lineup, courtesy of EW, from whom I just copy+pasted the list:

Actress Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids), partnered with Mark Ballas

•Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, with Allison Holker

Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, with Derek Hough

•Singer/actor Carlos PenaVega, husband of Alexa, with Witney Carson

•Singer Chaka Khan, with Keo Motsepe

•Actor Gary Busey, with Anna Trebunskaya

Vine personality Hayes Grier, with Emma Slater

Kim Zolciak Biermann (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) partnered with Tony Dovolani

•Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, with Sharna Burgess

•Former Food Network star Paula Deen, with Louis van Amstel

•Singer Tamar Braxton, with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

•Jockey Victor Espinoza, with Karina Smirnoff

Alek Skarlatos, one of the Americans who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last week, partnered with Lindsay Arnold

Pretty reasonable to assume Gary Busey and Paula Deen will be bottom 2, unless they turn out to be dance prodigies. People don’t really like either of them for the most part, and old people on DWTS tend to not do well regardless.

I’m also predicting an early elimination for Kim Zolciak Biermann, although she could very well turn out to be a surprisingly good dancer. It’s just, it seems like she probably wouldn’t be.

Everyone else is a bit up in the air at the moment, without being able to see them dance. But I predict Chaka Khan will be a mid-late elimination, because despite her being an older lady, she’s also a singer so presumably has some rhythm, and I’d wager she has a larger fanbase than Paula Deen or Gary Busey, and a less polarizing personality.

Top 5 I predict will include Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter, and Alexa PenaVega – Bindi because young, cute girls with nice personalities do well on this show and also Derek is her partner, Nick because he already has a dance background even if IT boy band dancing, and Alexa PenaVega because???

I don’t know about that Alek Skarlatos guy. I don’t know anything about his background, but I think him presumably having less time to do pre-show rehearsals will hamper him at least at the beginning of the show – since the thing that made him famous happened 2 weeks ago (I don’t know why EW said it happened last week. August 21 was more than one week ago; although the linked article IS from last week) and the show premieres in a week and a half. The celebrities are supposed to have like 6 weeks to rehearse before the start of the season.


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