Dancing with the Stars Cast Announced: Odds for the Winner of Season 14

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Cast Announced: Odds for the Winner of Season 14

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    Ah, we can finally take a deep breath. After months of waiting, clinging to our couches in preparation, we finally know the cast for Season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars"

    And what a relief that was, as we can now begin to mix our potions and predict who we believe has the best shot at victory.

    From aging athletes and glamorous reporters to forgotten actors and telenova stars, these celebrities must be thrilled for the opportunity to loosen those hips.

    Let's take a look at the cast of this season's stars and their predicted odds to win.

    Our eyes are already burning.

William Levy: 25/1

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    As we try to stifle our ferocious nausea, we'll take a gander at perhaps the most hilarious choice on this list.

    Pretty boy William Levy, a Cuban-American telenova actor, might have the undisturbed stare to convince the judges he's got what it takes.

    Dancing Partner: Cheryl Burke

Jack Wagner: 20/1

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    Some know him as the star on humorously mediocre soap operas "Melrose Place" and "General Hospital," others as the ex-husband of blonde bombshell Heather Locklear.

    He is already the only non-professional athlete to have won the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic, so there's no telling what he can do on a stage.

    He's got the look, but can he bring the goods with his feet?

    Dancing Partner: Anna Trebunskaya

Martina Navratilova: 18/1

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    She's already got 18 Grand Slam titles as a tennis player and 55 years on her as a human, so the only thing left for Martina Navratilova is to shine with her hips.

    Hopefully we don't hear the treacherous words..."I've fallen and I can't get up."

    Dancing Partner: Tony Dovolani

Melissa Gilbert: 15/1

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    Perhaps the most unlikely choice, Melissa Gilbert is known best for starring in "Little House on the Prairie" in the late '70s and early '80s.

    Yet her on-and-off relationship with Rob Lowe seemingly kept her relevant in the tabloids.

    Now it's time for her to prove she's not just a little girl on the prairie.

    Dancing Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Sherri Shepherd: 12/1

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    Arguably the funniest character on this year's "Dancing with the Stars," Sherri Shepherd will likely chat her way to the top.

    As a co-host on "The View," Shepherd needs no direction, she can keep that mouth moving for hours.

    We're rooting for her.

    Dancing Partner: Val Chmerkovskiy

Gavin DeGraw: 10/1

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    Known for hit songs "I Don't Want to Be" and "Follow Through," pop singer Gavin DeGraw may have to change his flow up a bit this year.

    His tangy rhythm may have to gain some spiciness when he rotates his hips with the ex-fiance of pitcher Brad Penny.

    It may be difficult to concentrate.

    Dancing Partner: Karina Smirnoff

Donald Driver: 8/1

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    He's already got a Super Bowl ring, so now it's time for Donald Driver to add a huge shining ball trophy to his collection.

    It doubles as a mirror.

    Dancing Partner: Peta Murgatroyd

Katherine Jenkins: 8/1

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    Having once performed on "Strictly Come Dancing," opera singer Katherine Jenkins should have no problem exciting the American audiences present this year. 

    While she's known as a Welsh mezzo-soprano and for her booming vocal chords, it's Jenkins' beauty that will carry her to the top.

    Dancing Partner: Mark Ballas

Roshon Fegan: 6/1

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    He's got the style, but can "Shake It Up!" star Roshon Fegan bring the heat?

    Also a musician, we're expecting big things out of the child prodigy.

    Dancing Partner: Chelsie Hightower

Jaleel White: 4/1

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    There are few of us not hoping that "Family Matters" star Jaleel White pulls out the thick glasses and pocket protector.

    Formerly known as Steve Urkel, White needs to turn back the clock during his performance.

    Dancing Partner: Kym Johnson

Maria Menounos: 3/1

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    While she continues her quest to take over the sports world one camera at a time, sexy reporter Maria Menounos will give this festive program a shot.

    Her outfit should easily distract viewers and judges from the actual performance.

    Dancing Partner: Derek Hough

Gladys Knight: 2/1

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    Considering she's known as the "Empress of Soul," we're essentially expecting eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight to dominate this tournament.

    Her magnetic smile continues to warm our hearts.

    Dancing Partner: Tristan MacManus