It’s hard to predict who will win Season 25 of Dancing With the Stars, but judging from the first night of competition, there are a few frontrunners. The 2017 cast is full of fierce competitors, but we’ve narrowed down the field to the dancers who stood out from the pack.
The original three judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli are back and if past winners are any indication, athletes and stars with some dancing background are usually the winners. So, who do we think will walk away with the mirrorball trophy? Keep reading for our predictions:
The early favorite is Hamilton alum, Jordan, 23. The Broadway and Radio Disney star impressed the judges with his tango and landed at the top of the leaderboard with his partner Lindsay Arnold. His musical theater background is definitely a plus in this competition.
However, he has to worry about violinist Lindsey — who also grabbed a top score from judges thanks to her show-stopping cha-cha with pro Mark Ballas. She also has an unfair advantage when it comes to the ballroom, as she is known for incorporating dance into her musical performances.
There’s no doubting the WWE diva is competitive and she kicked off her first dance by bodyslamming her partner Artem Chigvintsev. Do we need to say more?
The ESPN personality may not have made it to the top of the leaderboard yet, but she definitely has a story that will inspire viewers to root for her. The Paralympian swimmer learned to walk again after spending nearly a decade paralyzed from the waist down — and is now taking over the ballroom with her pro-dancer Val Chmerkovskiy.
The former Malcolm in the Middle actor has the nostalgia to take him to the finals (think past contestants Alberto Ribeiro and Jennifer Grey). However, he also has the moves to back it up — and we can definitely see Frankie, 31, being the dark horse of the competition with his partner Witney Carson.