Burke, a co-host of ABC’s hit show, handicaps the finale for PEOPLE.com, and says that each performer has unique strengths.
Ward, paired with Kim Johnson, is “infectious, he’s lovable, he’s emotionally connected, he’s got rhythm, he’s fun to watch,” says Burke. In addition, he’s got a big fan base that should help him out.
Kane, meanwhile, is “just adorable” and “a phenomenal dancer, technically,” says Burke. The Disney star also has the advantage of being paired with Mark Ballas, who’s known for his strong choreography.
As for Alley, who is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “What’s not to love?” asks Burke. “She is brave and brutally honest. She surprised everybody. She’s got incredible rhythm. Nobody had any idea she’d be such a great dancer. She gets better every show.”
The trio square off Monday (8 p.m. ET) on ABC with a repeat dance, a judges’ pick and the highly anticipated freestyle. The latter, Burke predicts, will probably separate the winner from those left at the gate.