With Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson’s elimination on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” we are guaranteed a new pro winner. Sharna Burgess, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson have never taken home the Mirrorball — and only one of them, Burgess, has even been to a final. Earlier this season, 64 percent of our readers said the two-time runner-up deserves to finally nab a victory, but who do you actually want to win?
Currently in her 11th straight season, Burgess is the longest tenured pro of this season’s cast. She has a third-place finish with Noah Galloway (Season 20) and two second-place finishes with Nick Carter (Season 21) and James Hinchcliffe (Season 23), so you could say she’s “earned” a win. She and Josh Norman came out firing in Week 1, had a dip in Week 2, but recovered with a great contemporary routine — with one helluva lift — and a victory over Mazdzer and Carson in the Ballroom Battle. She’s been partnered with two football players before, Keyshawn Johnson, placing 12th in Season 17, and Antonio Brown, finishing in fourth on Season 22, so maybe the third time’s the charm.
A longtime troupe member, Farber has only been a pro four previous times. His best finish was fourth place in Season 24 with Olympic champ Simone Biles, who was one of the season-long favorites. The thoughtful, easygoing pro was the ideal partner for someone like Tonya Harding and it feels like only he could’ve done what some thought would be impossible: bring her to the final. Plus, since his wife Emma Slater won Season 24, it would be totally adorbs if he claimed a Mirrorball to match.
Another longtime troupe member, Johnson is only in her second season as a pro, after being the first elimination, with Jake T. Austin, in Season 23. She hit the jackpot getting paired with Adam Rippon; the two have amazing chemistry, he’s got great technique already, and she’s crafted perfect choreography for his style and strengths, shushing people who didn’t think the “So You Can Think You Can Dance” pro had it in her. She also really wants to win so she can be halfway to beau Val Chmerkovskiy’s Mirrorball haul.
Which pro do you want to win?
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
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