Following the Sept. 4 "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 lineup reveal during "Good Morning America," fans took to Twitter to dish about their favorite mirror ball trophy hopefuls. According to post-announcement data compiled via Topsy at 9 p.m. PDT on Sept. 4, an unlikely contestant holds the winning edge entering the fall 2013 edition of ABC's hit reality dance competition.
Taking the top spot with a whopping 120,168 mentions was science education icon Bill Nye. Since Nye managed to evade the attention of spoiler sources, fans were both surprised and delighted by his presence in the "DWTS" lineup, and fan Kyle Van De Walle expressed the thoughts of many when he tweeted "IF YOU'RE FEELING DOWN JUST KNOW THAT BILL NYE IS GONNA BE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS OH LORD THANK YOU #nye." He will compete with newly minted pro coach Tyne Stecklein.
Ranked a distant second with 9,223 mentions was "Jersey Shore" alum Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who will work with promoted "DWTS" troupe member Sasha Farber. Behind Snooki in third place was "High School Musical" alum Corbin Bleu with 4,740 mentions. Bleu is partnered with season 13 pro champion Karina Smirnoff.
"Glee" actress Amber Riley, who scored a partnership with four-time "DWTS" winner Derek Hough, placed fourth with 3,820 mentions, while "Rhoda" actress Valerie Harper snagged fifth place with 3,520 of her own. Harper, who is currently battling brain cancer, will compete alongside Tristan MacManus.
All-star season winner Tony Dovolani's new better dancing half, actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini, slipped into sixth place with 1,648 mentions.
The final six celebrity cast members, a list which includes singer Christina Milian, "Saved by the Bell" alum Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, reality star Jack Osbourne, "Pretty Little Liars" star Brant Daugherty, NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, and comedian Bill Engvall, each drew fewer than 1,500 mentions each.
Although viewer votes account for half of the couples' weekly scores, long-time "DWTS" judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba have complete control over the other half, so Nye's overwhelming popularity may not help him much after all.
To see how the new season plays out, tune in to the "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 premiere Sept. 16 on ABC.