Let's Predict the 'Dancing with the Stars' Winner Using Only These Awkward Partner Poses


With less than a week to go until the season 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, the anticipation and energy are heating up. Last week, we made a few suggestions about who you should root for if you know nothing about this year's cast members. Now, it's time to take the pre-game a step further.

ABC is giving fans a first look at the stars and their dancing partners with these official, sequins-heavy portraits (unfortunately, Derek Hough and Amy Purdy's snap was not available — but for good reason). So, to celebrate posed awkwardness (and let's face it, some of these photos are very awkward), we're predicting this year's winner based only on the poses in the photos. Forget everything you know about this year's contestants (yes, we're fully aware that Meryl Davis and Charlie White are gifted Olympic ice dancers), and count down to the winner with us...

11. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Winners don't have time to take a break. 
10. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

Unfortunately, comedic chops probably won't earn too many points on the dance floor. 

9. Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

This is like two long-time friends posing at a family picnic. Too soft and sweet, don't you think?

8. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

The leg flip thing is cute, but the former Full House star isn't quite selling it. 
7. Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater
It's a little bit Broadway, a little bit model style. Could there be a winning combo there? 

6. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Definite plus for the A-grade diva style. It must be a Real Housewives of Atlanta thing. Watch out!

5. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
The lean-in here is cool and confident. Plus, there's something about gold lamé that screams "winner."

4. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
It looks like the Big Time Rush boy band member is really using the smolder to his advantage. But is it enough to win this ballroom showdown? 

3. Danica McKellar and Valentine Chmerkovskiy
Maybe it's our inner Winnie Cooper fan that loves this pic so much. Sure, McKellar has got the similar leg flip like Cameron Bure, but this feels more on-point.

2. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff
Why are these two possibly the next DWTS champions? Because he's posing like a boss, that's why. 

1. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
They've got the fire, the pose, and the attitude to match (those eyes!). THIS is how you gear up to bring down the house. 

Like we said, their A-game is on fire:

So, who do you think will win this season's Dancing with the Stars? Hit the comments below with your predictions.
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