So the pairings have been announced while I was not working. They are:
Buzz Aldrin with Ashly DelGrosso-Costa
Pamela Anderson with Damian Whitewood
Erin Andrews with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Shannen Doherty with Mark Ballas
Kate Gosselin with Tony Dovolani
Evan Lysacek with Anna Trebunskaya
Niecy Nash with Louis van Amstel
Chad OChocinco with Cheryl Burke
Jake Pavelka with Chelsie Hightower
Nicole Sherzinger with Derek Hough
Aiden Turner with Edyta Sliwinska
Basically, I think Edyta gets hosed. She is tantalized with a soap star who should have a built in fan base. However, the soap stars never have the ability to really train because their schedules are so insane when it comes to shooting. So unless his character has some "time off", I think Edyta is once again going to be an also-ran.
The star who drew the worst, in my opinion, has to be Erin Andrews. To me, she comes in sort of a unique situation. She is a woman who brings in NFL dads because she's the sex appeal who knows sports on ESPN. However, she gets Maksim. Maksim has shown a singular genius for showing himself off, while not adequately calibrating routines to his partners ability. This has lead to his partners coming up short.
The favorite has to be Evan Lysacek. Two things. One, he may be in post-success let down mode. The man is reputed to be a beast when it comes to training for his event. When other Olympians have participated, it has been after a signifcant amount of time has passed. Still, I think he has to be the favored guy in this situation.
The favored woman here is Nicole Sherzinger. She has Derek. He has shown he can take people, match their abilities to their routines and get them to go far. As long as Sherzinger is willing to listen and work, she should go far.
I have to say, I am really curious to see what happens with Louis and Niecy Nash.