The Dancing with the Stars season is starting to hit the point where the pretenders have been eliminated and fans have taken a liking to their favorite contestant. As the dance floor heated up Monday evening, so did the betting at online sports books.
DWTS has become one of reality competitions that has gamblers guessing each week. Odds makers adjust the betting lines for all of the contestants on a weekly basis, and the lines usually reflect how popular the celebrity is with the fans. This week will be no different, with top dancers again making their mark.
Hines Ward remained the betting favorite at 3/1 going into this week, and nothing he did on the dance floor should change those odds. Ward impressed the judges, and will likely remain the favorite after the eliminations on Tuesday.
The third choice of odds makers this week was Chelsea Kane. After posting the top score of the night, Cane may have done enough to overtake Ward when the new odds are released Tuesday evening. Either way, Ward and Kane will be considered the favorites for much of the rest of the competition.
Kirstie Alley, who had long odds to start the season, has dazzled fans and judges. Alley again impressed last night, even after she lost her shoe during her performance. Alley was the second choice at 4/1, and although she had the third lowest score of the night, Alley has built a strong fan base.
Sugar Ray Leonard has the charisma to win the competition, but has struggled at times with his moves. Leonard again was near the bottom of the pack with his core this week, and with 40/1 odds coming in, Leonard may be the odd man out when the results are revealed later today.
Ralph Macchio may have done the best of any performer when it comes to saving themselves this week. Macchio, a 5.5/1 choice, finished third in the scoring, behind Kane and Ward. That should be enough to keep him in the competition for another round.