The cast of "Dancing with the Stars" was announced on Thursday on "Good Morning America." Can you believe predictions have already been made about the success of the dancers? It is interesting that Yahoo TV has already forecast how well the couples will do even though the competition doesn't start until Sept. 15.
Two celebrities have already been pegged to be in the "excellent category." The prediction is that Alfonso Ribeiro, 42, will do well since he has a dancing background. People remember him from doing the Carlton on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He is dancing with Witney Carson. It has been predicted that his chances are excellent for winning the mirror trophy ball. He starred in Broadway's "The Tap Dance Kid" and was a dancer in a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial. He even penned a book about dancing, "Alfonso's Breakin' & Poppin' Book."
The other contestant in the "excellent category" is actress Lea Thompson, 53. She is paired with new pro Artem Chigvintsev. She has an extensive dance background. She studied ballet and danced in more than 45 performances with the American Ballet Theatre. She considered dancing as a profession until she gave it up for an acting career at the age of 20.
YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota, 18, known for her hair and makeup video tutorials, paired with Derek Hough
is the only dancer in the "very good category." Mota might not be a household name, but she has a big young fan base and is blessed to be paired with creative and talent Hough, who has won or come in second for the last three seasons.
Three of the dancers have been put in the "good category." Model and actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., 42, paired with Cheryl Burke has a good chance of winning. The prediction is also that 17-year-old Sadie Robertson's chances are good because she can tap into her reality fan base for votes. The "Duck Dynasty" daughter is paired with talented Mark Ballas. Actress Janel Parrish, 25, paired with Val Chmerkovskiy, has a good chance because young actors have always done well on the show. However, we must remember there is a 17 and 18 year old in the cast.
Two of the dancers are in the "decent category." Track and field Olympian Lolo Jones, 32, paired with new pro Keo Motsepe, has a decent chance since quite a few athletes have taken home the mirror ball trophy. UFC fighter Randy Couture, 51, paired with Karina Smirnoff has also been put in this category.
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, paired with Tony Dovolani, is the only one put in the "not great category." Even though Dovolani is a great dancer, he is not a miracle worker. And Johnson, at age 72, would need a miracle to win despite her infamous fashion show cartwheels and splits.
Three people are in the "slim category." Television and radio host Tavis Smiley, 49, paired with Sharna Burgess, has a slim chance according to predictions. This is only Burgess's fourth season, and she has never placed higher than fifth yet. NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, 51, paired with Emma Slater, has been predicted to have a slim chance. This is just the third season for Slater, and she's finished in fourth and 10th places in the previous two seasons. Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett, 33, paired with Allison Holker, has been given a slim chance of doing well on the show. Holker might be a beloved former contestant from "So You Think You Can Dance," but she’s also a new pro this season.
According to the predictions, only one celebrity will have no chance of doing well. That is 76-year-old comedian Tommy Chong, half of the Cheech and Chong duo. He is paired with Peta Murgatroyd. Older contestants don't usually make it far on "Dancing with the Stars."
Whether you agree with the early predictions or not, watch Season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars" when it premieres on Monday, Sept. 15. The first two weeks of the show will air on both Mondays and Tuesdays before the show returns to its regular Monday night-only format for week three. A special results show will air on the following Tuesday for the first two weeks. Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the celebrity dancers.