Dancing with the Stars season 6 premieres in less than a week. Six teams will strut their stuff next Monday March 17, while the other six teams will show off their moves the following night. All twelve couples will perform a second routine the following week on Monday, March 24, and the first elimination will occur on Tuesday, March 25. For the first time in the show’s history, there will be a double elimination, and two couples will be sent home.

Before the season officially begins, I have pored through every detail that I can find about this season’s celebrity dancers and have come up with a preseason ranked list of all twelve couples. Today, I present you with the Bottom Four.

12. Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough

I know Julianne likes to win, but I think she has to pray for a miracle if she wants to get anywhere with her current partner. He’s 43 years old, and while he’s not fat, he hasn’t exactly been blessed with a svelte physique either. Perhaps most importantly, however, Adam Carolla, the former host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show, has done absolutely nothing to ingratiate himself to the key demographic of Dancing with the Stars. DWTS‘ largely female audience may not take too kindly to a man who once made his living by showing “girls jumping on trampolines.”

11. Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough

Pretty girls don’t often do well on Dancing with the Stars. Bachelorette Trista Rehn Sutter, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova and model Josie Maran were either the first or second eliminated in their respective seasons. Shannon Elizabeth, I predict, will be no exception. She may have a fierce competitiveness in the poker world, but that doesn’t translate into spins and turns on the dance floor.


10. Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya

Steve Guttenberg will be the third star to be eliminated and here’s why: He played Mayor Woody Goodman, a powerful and twisted villain on season 2 of the cult series Veronica Mars, who met his maker when his private jet blew up. Harry Hamlin also played a powerful and twisted villain on the same show, who ended up being killed by a hitman. Harry Hamlin was the third to be voted off on season 3 of Dancing with the Stars, and Steve Guttenberg will surely follow in his footsteps this spring.


9. Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson

My immediate thought when the dancing celebrities were first announced was that illusionist Penn Jillette would be going home first. He is after all not in any kind of shape and is keeping his day job, which will cut into precious rehearsal time. But after some thought, I’ve decided that he will be able to escape the first sets of eliminations based on sheer entertainment value alone. This guy is funny and he has a lot of personality, which is a big deal on the show. That said, I don’t think he has the goods to take him too far. He’s the best of the worst, but that’s not enough to win.

Also, read the Power Rankings for the Top Four and the Middle Four.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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