The Nostalgia Vote
This season of DWTS is heavy on nostalgia contestants, but they don't tend to do that well in the competition. Full House star Candace Cameron-Bure will compete against The Wonder Years' Danica McKellar (pictured) and Drew Carey, who we're counting as nostalgic, since everyone loves him from The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway? In years past, nostalgia contestants have only won one Mirror Ball, with Jennifer Grey taking the top prize in Fall 2010. Last season, Bill Nye and Elizabeth Berkley didn't last that long, with Bill getting eliminated third and Elizabeth missing out on a chance to make it into the top four.
Of the three, Danica and Candace appear to be primed to advance the farthest in the competition, mostly due to the fact that they have potential to wow us on the dance floor. (Sorry, Drew.) Plus, Candace, who is a born-again Christian, has written two successful books on her faith and her weight struggles. This is going to play well to the DWTS audience, who tend to be conservative. (Remember how long they kept Bristol Palin around, despite her terrible dancing skills?)
Interestingly enough, all three of the nostalgia stars are paired with top-level pros (Cheryl Burke for Drew, Mark Ballas for Candace, and Val Chmerkovskiy for Danica), so this might be a hint that they all have good dance skills to pull out in the ballroom.
Prediction: Candace might make it to the top five, while Danica could advance to the top three if her dancing skills are on point. Drew might be able to ride on Cheryl's fan base to week four if he doesn't pull out some sensational moves.