In what is shaping up to be one of the most controversial seasons ever of “Dancing with the Stars,” the person at the center of the controversy – transgender activist Chaz Bono – is keeping his eyes on the prize and not the protests.
“To be honest, I really haven’t been paying that much attention to it,” Bono, 42, the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, told “Good Morning America” Tuesday. “I’m really kind of just focused on dancing and enjoying everything that’s happening. I think it’s a much bigger deal to everybody else than it is to me.”
Bono, who’s transitioned from a woman to a man, went on to say that he hopes “DWTS” viewers will see him as “just a regular guy” and quipped that the naysayers who say a transgender person shouldn’t be on a family show need not worry – they “won’t catch it.”
“All these ideas of children shouldn’t watch me, I’m going to be confusing, all this stuff, it’s crazy,” Bono, 42, told “GMA.” “For all of the kids and teens out there with gender dysphoria, I think it’s going to have a really positive impact.”
We’ll see if the controversy impacts the voting. Already Las Vegas oddsmakers are calling Bono, who is teamed with pro Lacey Schwimmer, a long shot.
According to noted oddsmaker, Bodog.com, Season 13 stacks up like this:
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy, 3/1
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, 4/1
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas, 5/1
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani, 6/1
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, 7.5/1
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 8/1
David Arquette and Kym Johnson, 10/1
Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd, 10/1
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, 12/1
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, 15/1
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus, 18/1
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, 20/1
“The clear underdog is Chaz Bono at 20-1 who does not look to be in great shape and may not appeal to the masses who vote on this,” says Bodog’s head oddsmaker Adam Young.
“But realistically, until we see the first show we are making a lot of assumptions,” he added. “And that is why we tend not to go any higher than 20-1 before we see how good or bad some of these contestants are.”