March 21, 2010 07:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
There’s a lot of speculation about who might take home the mirrorball trophy on the tenth season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars, which premieres on Monday, March 22nd, and while Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek is certainly thought to be a frontrunner, many are putting money on Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole’s partner, dance pro Derek Hough, doesn’t think Nicole’s a ringer this season, but he does have some thoughts on the rest of the competition…
ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars‘ new season may not have aired yet but the competition is already getting fierce. As fans and critics alike try to predict who might win, the stars themselves are trying to ignore the speculation and find a way to deal with the pressure. Among those high on the favorites list are Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger and her dance pro partner and former DWTS champion, Derek Hough.Â ”I do think there’s a little bit more pressure on me with everyone expecting Nicole to go far. That’s OK,” Hough says. “Last season was one of my favorite seasons because I had a great time. I had no expectations. I was just enjoying myself and that kind of came through. I’m going to try to retain that this season.”
Hough goes on to say that he doesn’t necessarily think his partner, Nicole Scherzinger, is a ringer for this season ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars but he has some thoughts on what other contestants might be. As for his guess who the winner might be, Hough says, “IÂ think it could be Evan [Lysacek]. He performs choreography on ice.Â But what’s so great about this season is that I don’t think there is a definite ringer. You’ve got lots of people who can be very good. Evan will be tough for so many different reasons.Â Chad [Ochocinco]‘s got a great personality. We’ve learned in the past that people who’ve danced before don’t necessarily do well, let alone win. The show is so much more than just dancing. It’s about personality, it’s about story, it’s about charisma.”
Derek Hough is looking forward to the premiere ofÂ ABC‘sÂ Dancing With the Stars to see what the other celebrities are like on the dance floor.Â ”I thinkÂ Pamela AndersonÂ is going to bring something good. She’s withÂ Damian [Whitewood], the new guy, who’s going to bring new energy.Â Erin AndrewsÂ andÂ Maks [Chmerkovskiy] should be something as well. I can’t wait to seeÂ Buzz [Aldrin]. Buzz is a little party animal!” he says.
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