DWTS Preview: Marini, Rycroft Neck And Neck For Lead

Apr. 6 2009, Published 12:42 p.m. ET

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Sex And The City's Gilles Marini and The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft are the the odds-on favorites in this season's Dancing With The Stars.

Both are listed as 5-to-4 favorites by online casino, and have gained acclaim from judges and viewers each week with their slick steps.

Marini is "almost as polished as a pro," according to Detroit Free Press writer Julie Hinds. "His recent tango was so broodingly perfect, the judges seemed to wish the scoring paddles came with an 11."

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Rycroft, fueled by residual sympathy from Bachelor fans after her unceremonious dumping on the show, has shown that she's a lot more than a pretty face. The dancing skills she accrued as a member of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader team are evident each week as she saunters with beauty and grace.

Rounding out the favored competitors are Olympian Shawn Johnson (3-to-2); hip-hop artist Lil' Kim (8-to-1); and country crooner Ty Murray (15-to-1).

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At the other end of the spectrum, comedian David Allen Grier (50-to1) and Jackass oddity Steve-O (100-to-1) probably don't have to clear off too many more Monday nights in the coming weeks.

Dancing With The Stars airs at 8/7c tonight on ABC. (Photo: WENN)



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