Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas on DWTS

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Shawn Johnson is paired with Mark Ballas on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. Shawn Johnson is the youngest and by far the smallest person to have ever competed on Dancing with the Stars. Good thing Mark Ballas isn’t that big either.

There’s really no doubt that Shawn Johnson is a huge star. The Olympics aren’t that far out of our memory and Shawn Johnson’s nearly heroic gold medal despite getting worked by Nastia Liukin for the rest of the Olympics is still one of my favorite memories from this past Olympics. I was so glad for the US’s little Golden girl to actually get the Gold.

I don’t think that Shawn Johnson will be the most entertaining on the show since she’s kind of a quiet little girl. I also think she’s going to look a little bit awkward on the dance floor. However, I really hope that Mark has her bust out some tumbling pass at the beginning of every dance. Possibly a back flip into his arms or something. Whatever it is, Mark better use those skills in some unique way.

Mark Ballas has been becoming more and more famous in his own right. His participation (and really leadership in many ways) of the Ballas Hough Band will really help him get a lot more votes than other professional dancers might get.

I think that Shawn and Mark will make it close to the end of the show, but I don’t believe that Mark will take another Gold Medal winner to the top of Dancing with the Stars. Shawn’s awkwardness on the dance floor will catch up with her near the end and she’ll be sent home.