Hines Ward still favorite to win 'Dancing' title

Mon, May 2

We're down to the final six contestants on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," so Page 2 will give a primer on the rest of the season. On Monday night, they will perform one unlearned dance and then a Team Cha-Cha-Cha Challenge.

Leading the way:

Hines Ward (with Kym Johnson): Ward hasn't needed Steeler Nation to help this season. He is looking pretty fluid out there and is definitely in sync with his partner.

"She came to my home in Atlanta in the offseason and we really worked hard together," Ward said. "I could have called the guys to hear the horror stories about dancing, but I didn't go that route. I wanted her to teach me."

Middle of the pack:

Kirstie Alley (with Maksim Chmerkovskiy): Alley has fallen a couple of times this season, but her fans are keeping her in there. She and Chmerkovskiy have had surprising rhythm together and should continue to do well.

Romeo (with Chelsie Hightower): The sleeper when the season began, Romeo has come on strong the past few weeks. With another good week, he could push Ward for the title.

Ralph Macchio (with Karina Smirnoff): A fan favorite since the beginning, Macchio and his partner have been uneven for the past few weeks. If he doesn't step it up, he'll be bounced.

Chelsea Kane (with Mark Ballas): As in past years, Disney Channel stars have a strong fan base and this season is no different. And Kane has really come on strong.

Falling behind:

Kendra Wilkinson (with Louis van Amstel): It's been a difficult road for Wilkinson this season. She has a huge fan base but has struggled with some of the more difficult dances.

"It's not surprise we're struggling because we practice the least of the contestants," Wilkinson said. "After practicing for three hours, I have to tape my reality show, promote my Ab Cuts product, and then do all these media interviews, so it turns it into a really long day and doesn't give me enough time to practice on the dance floor."