With three weeks of “Dancing with the Stars” season 19 officially in the record books, the hit ABC reality show has a new mirror ball trophy favorite, according to week four voting odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on Oct. 1. So which aspiring hoofer finally dethroned previous front runner Alfonso Ribeiro?
With field-best 2/1 odds, the distinction belongs to “Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish. The 25-year old entertainer teamed up with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy on Sept. 28 for a Movie Night jazz routine that snagged the first perfect 40 of the young season. The duo holds a narrow lead over the current second-ranked coupling of YouTube star Bethany Mota and Derek Hough who enter week four with 9/4 odds of victory. Mota and Hough’s “Singin’ in the Rain” routine also earned a perfect mark from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli, and guest Kevin Hart.
“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” alum Ribeiro and partner Witney Carson, who were favored to win through the first three weeks of the competition, slipped to third place with 4/1 odds. Although their week three “Goldmember” quickstep was still more technically precise than many of their competitors’ routines, they earned just 32 points for the effort. Actress Lea Thompson, whose cha cha with Artem Chigvintsev earned a lukewarm reception from some of the judges, is ranked fourth with 7/1 odds.
Rounding out the top five with 10/1 odds is “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson, whose “Up” themed Viennese waltz with Mark Ballas was easily the cutest –and arguably most egregiously under-scored– performance of the Sept. 28 show. Comedian Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd follow in the six-spot with 12/1 odds of their own.
In seventh place with 14/1 odds is “Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett, who most recently delivered a non-traditional “Back to Black” tango alongside pro partner Allison Holker. Another actor, “General Hospital” actor Antonio Sabato Jr., is ranked eighth with a 33/1 shot at winning the show with “DWTS” mainstay Cheryl Burke, while fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who is partnered by Tony Dovolani, is alone in ninth place with 66/1 odds.
Finally, maintaining long-shot status is NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip. The 51-year old Waltrip, who brings entertainment to the ballroom but not a lot of technical skill, holds meager 200/1 odds of winning the season with pro partner Emma Slater.
“Dancing with the Stars” season 19 resumes Oct. 6 on ABC with a night of performances inspired by the celebrity contestants’ most memorable years. Tune in to see which hopeful follows the previously eliminated Lolo Jones, Tavis Smiley, and Randy Couture out the door.