With a week of Dancing with the Stars 2012 action to chew on, judge Carrie Ann Inaba threw her personal predictions into the ring Monday in an interview with Hollywood.com. Who does she think has what it takes to go all the way, and who's at risk of getting the axe first?
Entering DWTS week 2, which airs tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC, Inaba's personal danger zone is comprised of three couples. Included are the show's two non-entertainment industry insiders: Tennis star Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani, and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd. Inaba didn't have much to say about Navratilova's week one Foxtrot, but she deemed Driver's near oversexed Cha Cha Cha "oddly" disappointing.
The other couple in danger of facing the ominous red lights? Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who ended week one at the bottom of the leaderboard along with Navratilova and Dovolani as well as singer Gavin DeGraw and reigning pro champ Karina Smirnoff. Inaba surprisingly didn't give DeGraw and Smirnoff a danger zone nod, which seems odd given their lackluster debut. Instead, she simply said she was interested in seeing how DeGraw develops over the course of the season.
At the other end of the spectrum, Inaba admitted to being "blown away" by a trio of couples: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, actor Jaleel White and Kym Johnson and Disney kid Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower. All three pairs scored very well with Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, with Jenkins and White knotted at the top and Fegan three points behind.
Will Inaba's Dancing with the Stars 2012 early season predictions pan out, or is something truly shocking in store for viewers at the close of the March 27 results show? Watch and see; the results show premiere will feature performances by country superduo Sugarland and singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson.