ESPN personality Erin Andrews and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy have always been bubbling near the top of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" but never have won a week. But one competitor thinks that will change.
"This is the week I think they will win it," said Tony Dovolani, who is partnered with super mom Kate Gosselin. "I think Erin has finally given the reins to Maksim. I'm impressed at how much they've accomplished in the past couple of weeks. This is their breakout week."
The two most consistent teams of the eight remaining are Evan Lysacek/Anna Trebunskaya and Nicole Scherzinger/Derek Hough, but Andrews and Chmerkovskiy are right there. And Monday continues the competition.
For Dovolani, it's been a more difficult road as he and Gosselin are near the bottom each week. Gosselin has no formal or even informal dance training, while Dovolani has been on the show for nine seasons.
Despite getting crushed by judges each week, fans continue to vote for them.
"I think the public can relate to her. She's a divorced woman and a mom," Dovolani said. "And then you have all the tabloid talk. Some days she comes into practice looking totally defeated. But she doesn't focus on that."
The tabloids have been having a field day with Gosselin in Los Angeles for the show while her eight children are back in Pennsylvania. They question her looks and her parenting. And they talk about the fights with ex-husband Jon and also her dance partner Dovolani.
"You can't believe all those tabloids. Hey, they believe Elvis is alive," Dovolani said. "People always want to be drawn into controversy even when there really isn't any. They love to twist quotes. I'm just thankful the audience have kept us in the competition. We hope to ride the wave of momentum."