Hines Ward may get a title this season, it just may not be the one he expected. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is the betting favorite to win this season’s Dancing with the Stars competition that has only six contestants left.
Ward and his Steelers were in the Super Bowl back in February, and at the time, had Ward been asked about a DWTS title, he may have laughed off the question. After the Steelers lost to Green Bay, however, Ward agreed to be one of the contestants on the popular dancing show.
Ward, following in the footsteps of other athletes that have won DWTS, such as Emmit Smith and Jerry Rice, has vaulted to the top of odds makers’ leader boards. Ward is currently a 5/4 choice to win the competition. If Ward does win, the show may have to soon change its format to keep the athletes out.
Chelsea Kane, another contestant that was not an early favorite, is now the second choice at 11/4. Each week, the odds change depending on the amount of support it appeared the dancers received the week before. Ward and Kane have been receiving rave reviews from the judges on the show.
Lil’ Romeo is still around, and the rapper comes in as the third choice at 5/1. Once considered an early elimination possibility, Romeo has wowed the judges and created a big following across America. Romeo is the only musical artist left in the competition this season.
Kristi Alley, who many analysts believed would just be a token participant on the show, has impressed. Alley is an 8/1 choice, and Kendra Wilkinson is now the long shot at 18/1.
Ralph Macchio, once the favorite, has slipped to the fifth betting choice, with odds of 15/2.