Just a week after the unexpected elimination of "The Voice" social media correspondent and singer Christina Milian, the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season carries on Oct. 21 on ABC with performances by the eight surviving couples and the series debut of an all-new challenge. According to odds posted by Bovada Sportsbook on Oct. 18, an actor still holds an edge over the rest of the competition, while another hopeful would need a miracle to hoist the mirror ball trophy at season 17's end.
Leading the pack with 3/2 odds of victory are "High School Musical" alum Corbin Bleu and season 13 pro champion Karina Smirnoff. The well-matched duo will follow up their leader board topping "DWTS" week five foxtrot with an Oct. 21 Viennese waltz.
Two actresses are next in line with 7/2 odds of their own. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and partner Val Chmerkovskiy brought the performance part of the Oct. 14 show to a close with their energetic "Saved by the Bell" inspired jive, and will continue their time in the competition with a cha cha. Meanwhile, "Glee" alum Amber Riley and Derek Hough, who sharply divided the judging panel with a week five foxtrot, will hit the ballroom Oct. 21 with a spicy salsa.
A pair of reality stars sit in the four-spot with 14/1 odds. Both Jack Osbourne and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi earned an impressive 27 points for their respective week five routines with partners Cheryl Burke and Sasha Farber. While Osbourne will continue on with the powerful paso doble, Polizzi will put her own spin on the classic foxtrot.
With 18/1 odds of winning "DWTS" season 17, "Pretty Little Liars" star Brant Daugherty and "King of Queens" alum Leah Remini are ranked next-to-last entering week six. Daugherty and partner Peta Murgatroyd will tackle the passionate tango on Oct. 21. Remini and Tony Dovolani will soldier on in the competition after being the final couple called safe at the close of the week five elimination.
Bringing up the rear with less than desirable 100/1 odds are comedian Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, who are slated to dance the tango next. Although Engvall isn't front-runner material based solely on dance ability, it's surprising that he and Slater trail the rest of the pack by such a significant margin since voting has suggested that he's a fan favorite.
In addition to their individual dances, the contestants will also take part in the all-new switch-up challenge. According to a network press release, the new contest will pit the hopefuls against one another in a "fresh take on a dance marathon." It will require them to perform side-by-side with no advance knowledge of the dance style or musical accompaniment. Pairs will be awarded extra points based on how long they remain in the marathon.
The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season resumes Oct. 21 on ABC.