Although Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy won't be performing as one during the April 7 edition of "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 thanks to the show's first ever switch up week, the artfully athletic brunette is still favored to win the season, according to odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on April 6.
Meryl, whose passionate March 31 foxtrot with Maks drew the first 10-paddles of season 18, enters switch up week with field-best 7/4 odds of victory. Ranked second with a 5/2 shot at the mirror ball trophy is Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy, whose usual partner is five-time "DWTS" mirrorball trophy winner Derek Hough.
Third place belongs to Meryl's partner on the ice and fellow Sochi gold medalist Charlie White. Charlie, who is typically paired with pro Sharna Burgess, holds 3/1 odds of ending the season with the big prize.
Two celebrity contestants hold a share of fourth place with equal 10/1 odds. Included are "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar, who usually dances with Val Chmerkovskiy, and "Big Time Rush" star James Maslow, who typically works with Peta Murgatroyd.
Actress Candace Cameron Bure, who starred as eldest daughter D. J. Tanner on the hit sitcom "Full House," stands alone in sixth place with 15/1 odds. Cameron Bure's usual pro partner is Mark Ballas. Ranked seventh is Aussie pop star Cody Simpson, who most recently earned raves for his inventive jazz routine with Witney Carson, holds 20/1 odds of victory.
With 25/1 odds, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes is ranked eighth, while comedian Drew Carey enters week four as the long shot with field-worst 33/1 odds. NeNe and Drew usually dance with Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke, respectively.
The April 7 switch up night will see each celebrity hit the ballroom on the arm of a different pro partner. According to reports, the temporary match-ups are as follows:
- Meryl and Val
- Danica and Maks
- Candace and Tony
- NeNe and Derek
- Amy and Mark
- James and Cheryl
- Drew and Witney
- Charlie and Peta
- Cody and Sharna
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 airs Mondays on ABC.