‘Dancing with the Stars’: Will Nick Viall go from ‘The Bachelor’ to the Mirror Ball champion?

When Nick Viall begins on the upcoming 24th season of “Dancing with the Stars” he’ll be the fourth alum from “The Bachelor” to be competing on the dance floor, following Sean Lowe, Jake Pavelka and Chris Soules, in addition to two “Bachelorette” stars who have competed, Melissa Rycroft and Trista Sutter. In fact, the competition begins just one week after the current 21st season of “The Bachelor” starring Viall ended on ABC on March 13. How will he do on this very different reality competition series?

The new season of “DWTS” starts on March 20, so before he and his competitors hit the dance floor let’s consider the pros and cons.

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Viall has lots of experience going far in reality competitions. He was the runner-up in both the 10th season and the 11th season of “The Bachelorette.” He also made it to the final episode in the third season of “Bachelor in Paradise” along with “Bachelor” alumna Jennifer Saviano.

He should be able to learn some tricks from his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd. She’s managed to win twice before: in the 14th season when paired with Donald Driver, and in the 22nd season when paired with Nyle DiMarco.

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On paper, Viall doesn’t appear to be the most obvious person you’d expect to see on the dance floor. A 36-year-old software sales executive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Not the usual background for a dance champion.

Melissa Rycroft is the only “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” to have ever won the Mirror Ball Trophy (season 15). And he may have some fierce competition from athletes such as football player Rashad Jennings, baseball player David Ross, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, and gymnast Simone Biles. Athletes have done very well in the ballroom before.

The two seasons when Murgatroyd won were the only times she has ever actually made it to the finals. The rest of her overall rankings in the competition have varied widely from fourth to 12th place.

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