Dancing with the Stars 2 debuts tonight

ABC kicks off a second season of Dancing with the Stars tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. After audience voting tonight, the losing team will be revealed on a half-hour results show that will air Friday at 8.

Ten teams, each comprised of a celebrity and a person who actually knows how to dance, will compete. According to odds posted by Pinnacle Sports, Stacy Keibler is the 2/1 favorite to win. A press release says that the site has “Tia Carrere with the second best odds to win the competition at 7/1, closely followed by fellow actress Lisa Rinna at 15/2. Famously tanned actor George Hamilton currently stands at 9/1 to win the competition after opening with the second best odds of 5/1 last week.”

The show faces off against a repeat of CSI, which should help its numbers somewhat, but also faces competition from NBC’s new Thursday lineup, which tonight features new episodes of My Name is Earl and The Office in the 9:00 hour. Dancing‘s fall dance-off performed poorly in the ratings compared to the summer show, so we’ll see if people care about ballroom dancing D-list celebrities when there are other shows on TV.

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