Erin Andrews to Go From Sideline Princess to Dancing Queen

The new cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced yesterday, and while there's no surprise that Chad Ochocinco weaseled his way into the show, it came as somewhat of a surprise that Erin Andrews – sideline reporter extraordinaire for ESPN – was on the list. Obviously Andrews hasn't had the best year in the spotlight and has done her best to stay out of the public eye, save for her professional responsibilities on TV. But all that's about to change when she appears all gussied up, prancing around the set of one of the top-rated shows in America.

I think it's safe to say that we're all rooting for Andrews. In my brief dealings with her over the years she's proven to be extremely easy to root for. But now, through the magical cohesion of television, celebrities and dance, that rooting can manifest itself into votes.

Hello, internet, you've been challenged. There's not a chance in the world that Andrews won't win this competition. Of the nine previous champions, five of them are former or current athletes, with three additional athletes finishing in second. So clearly, there's a strong sports connection on the show. Add to the fact that Andrews was part of the dance team at Florida a decade ago and she's clearly been trained in the field. Oh yes, and then there are the millions of college basketball and football fans who will make it their mission to get her to win. Never underestimate the power of the student section.

Andrews will have some stiff competition. I can't believe I just wrote that sentence. I actually have never watched this show and have no clue if her competition will be stiff at all. But there are some other names to drop. In addition to Andrews and Ochocinco: soap actor Aiden Turner, Astronaut and American Hero Buzz Aldrin, gold medalist Evan Lysacek who has to be a shoe-in for the finals, Bachelor and professional reality contestant Jake Pavelka, Kate Gosselin, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, Style Network host Niecy Nash, and Pam Anderson.

Certainly Ochocinco will plan to use his immense Twitter following to stay on the show as long as the cameras are rolling, but if Andrews doesn't win, the internet may implode.

Also of note, the Andrews appearance on DWTS may be the internet's doing. Namely Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, who interviewed Andrews about this very topic in May 2009 and even talked to host Tom Bergeron about the prospects of working with his Spelling Bee broadcast partner on his other ABC primetime gig.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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