We’ve been polling our readers for weeks to predict who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy in season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars,” but in addition to that we launched a poll asking who you want to win, and the results are the same: Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles is the frontrunner to win according to our racetrack odds, and she’s also the celebrity you’re rooting for to take home the prize. See our complete poll results below.
Biles is the favorite of 30% of our readers. She undoubtedly won millions of new fans last summer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she blew away the competition by winning four gold medals, including in the team event and the individual all-around. She also won gold in the floor exercise, which is the gymnastics event most comparable to competing on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Ranked second in our poll is actress Heather Morris, whom 20% of you hope will win. She stole scenes on “Glee” as cheerleader Brittany, but before that she was a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” and a backup dancer for Beyonce, so there’s a strong chance she will have what it takes to surpass Biles in the competition.
Another 15% of respondents are rooting for Normani Kordei, who is a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. That group has already been an audience favorite for years, winning three MTV Video Music Awards and an American Music Award on the strength of fan votes, but “DWTS” requires a combination of fan support and judges’ scores, so she’ll need to deliver on the dance floor in order for fans to be able to push her over the top.
Those are the only three celebrities who scored more than 10% in our poll. Bull rider Bonner Bolton follows in fourth place with 9%, then baseball player David Ross (7%), “Real Housewives” star Erika Jayne (6%), figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (4%) and the most recent “Bachelor” Nick Viall (3%).
In our predictions for who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy, the top three are the same. Biles has leading 2/3 odds of becoming the season 24 champion, followed by Morris with odds of 10/3 and Kordei with odds of 12/1. Do you think our readers will get their wish? Check out our complete poll results below, and don’t forget to predict what will happen in tonight’s season premiere episode of “Dancing with the Stars.”
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