Page 2 predicts 'Dancing with the Stars' winner

Tue, Aug 31

For those unenthused with baseball's pennant race or the bone-crushing hits synonymous with the start of the NFL season, there's always "Dancing with the Stars." The 11th season of ABC's hit reality show kicks off on Sept. 20, with a diverse roster of former movie stars, sports heroes and reality show staples.

Athletes, in particular, have fared well in the competition. Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith won Season 3, sparking a four-season run of victorious sporting figures, including Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves and Kristi Yamaguchi. Olympic gold-medalist Shawn Johnson won Season 8, as well.

In preparation for the first episode on Sept. 20, Page 2 breaks down the contestants vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy:

Michael Bolton: This former chart-topper serenaded ladies throughout the '90s with hits like "Love Is a Wonderful Thing," and has been collaborating with Lady Gaga on his upcoming album -- let's hope he won't don any Gaga-inspired outfits on stage.

Brandy: The singer-actress showed her abilities on the formal dance floor in the 1997 adaptation of "Cinderella," and could make it two seasons in a row for pop stars (Nicole Scherzinger won Season 10).

Margaret Cho: The longstanding racy comedian has a history of dancing -- she once performed burlesque at the 2006 Miss Exotic World Pageant and started her own line of bellydancing accessories.

Jennifer Grey: Her days of stardom gone, Grey is one of the pre-show favorites for the title. The fifty-year-old starred in "Dirty Dancing," perhaps the most recognizable boogying movie of all-time.

Rick Fox: The three-time NBA champion recently produced "The 1 Second Film." Hopefully for Fox, his tenure as a dancer will be longer than the film's running time, which is actually one second.

David Hasselhoff: The Hoff will have to take down Brandy, his co-judge on the first season of "America's Got Talent," to have a shot at the mirror ball trophy.

Florence Henderson: The mother of the "Brady Bunch" in the 1970s, the lovable 76-year-old will, if nothing else, impress in her later years.

Kyle Massey: Following in the footsteps of seventh-season contestant and fellow Disney channel actor Cody Linley, the star of "Cory in the House" and "That's So Raven" is this season's youngest member.

Bristol Palin: For someone whose claim to fame boils down to a messy relationship, a teenage pregnancy and a famous mother, Bristol's appearance on "DWTS" should come as no surprise.

Audrina Patridge: Of MTV's "The Hills" fame, Patridge has parlayed her star-appeal into movie roles and will be the favorite among the "DWTS" male viewers.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino: Gym, tan and laundry just got new, more elegant fourth sibling -- dancing. We've seen the "Jersey Shore" star fist-pump in the Miami nightclubs, but how will he fare with a coordinated dance?

Kurt Warner: Officially retired from football -- take note, Brett Favre -- the Super Bowl-champion Warner hopes to reach a new audience on the show. "This is going to be fun and it's going to give people a chance to see my personality a little bit and I look forward to that and I hope it opens up doors for me to continue to impact the world around me and the community around me in some profound ways," said Warner on "Mike & Mike in the Morning".

Prediction: Given Grey's pedigree as a dancer, she is the obvious choice; but history is against her -- only one champion has been over 41 years old. Brandy, however, fits the mold of a typical "DWTS" champion: she's athletic, motivated to rejuvenate her career and is Page 2's unofficial pick to win Season 11.