Who will win Dancing With the Stars this season?
Professional choreographers Dan Karaty and Stacey Tookey agree: Nicole Scherzinger.
"I will be shocked if Nicole doesn't win," Karaty, who has worked with Jessica Simpson and Sarah Jessica Parker, tells UsMagazine.com about the Pussycat Doll, who earned the high score of 25 points out of 30. "As expected, she gave a great performance and she is far and away the best celebrity dancer out there."
Tookey, who has worked with Madonna and Celine Dion, says Scherzinger has a "huge advantage" as a pop performer.
"She has experience learning choreography and is extremely comfortable on stage," Tookey tells Us. "Nicole and Derek Hough's performance was hands down the best of the evening!"
As for who Scherzinger's top competition may be, Tookey thinks Pamela Anderson (21 points) and Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek (23 points) will make it to the finals.
"Although Evan needs a lot of work in terms of personality, his dancing was very good," Tookey says.
Karaty even thinks Bachelor Jake Pavelka (20 points) may go far "because his partner, Chelsie Hightower, will get him through."
In terms of partner chemistry, Karaty also enjoyed watching Maksim Chmerkovskiy and sportscaster Erin Andrews (21 points), who "had a connection that everyone could feel."
Despite 80-year-old Buzz Aldrin's lowest score of the night (14 points), the worst dancer — and the star both pros predict will be the first voted off the hit ABC show — was Kate Gosselin.
"Kate delivered the most embarrassing performance of the night," Karaty tells Us. "She showed zero ability, will or desire. She needs to go."
Tookey commends the mother of eight for her "courage and effort" but adds she was "completely unnatural and uncomfortable the whole time" and has "no doubt" she'll be the first to go.
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