Who has the best chance of winning: Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane or Kirstie Alley?

By Tim Nudd
May 23, 2011 11:15 AM
Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley square off Monday night on the Dancing with the Stars finale. And Brooke Burke says any one of them could nab the Mirrorball trophy.

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.