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'Dancing with the Stars' 2014 finale betting odds predict a surprising winner

Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy and Derek Hough are favored to win 'Dancing with the Stars' 2014, according to betting odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on May 18.
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"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 continues May 19 on ABC as the last four couples still vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy each hit the ballroom to perform two final dances for America's votes. Betting odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on May 18 named a competition favorite that may come as a surprise to some show fans.

Favored to win season 18 of the hit reality dance competition with 4/5 odds is Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy. The 34-year old modified snowboarder, who lost both legs below the knee after battling meningitis at age 19, has enjoyed tremendous fan and judge support throughout the season, with many praising both her unlikely dance skills and her inspirational back story. During the May 19 show, Purdy and pro partner Derek Hough will dance both a freestyle routine and a spicy salsa.

With 5/4 odds of her own, Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis is second-most likely to claim "DWTS" mirror ball glory at the close of the season's May 20 finale results show. Davis and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has never claimed victory in the long-running reality show, have been the season's most consistent performers, and will close out their quest for viewer votes with a freestyle and an Argentine tango.

Third-most likely to take the title with 10/1 odds is "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure, who dances with two-time "DWTS" champ Mark Ballas. Although not the best dancer left in the bunch, Cameron Bure has improved each week and handily surpassed her goal of making it to week six. The duo will perform a quickstep and a freestyle for the finale.

Finally, the last couple in the mix, "Big Time Rush" star James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, hold long shot status with 15/1 odds. The pretty pair, who have turned in some of season 18's steamiest routines to date, will hit the ballroom floor on finale night with a freestyle and a tango.

Fans can vote for the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 following the May 19 live performance show on ABC. To see emerges victorious, watch the results show on May 20.

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