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Jimmy Kimmel Predicts Season 24 Winner of 'Dancing With the Stars': 'I Am Golden'

by Desiree Murphy 3:12 PM PDT, March 21, 2017
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Jimmy Kimmel has locked in his pick for which celebrity will take home the mirror ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars!

Following Monday's season 24 premiere, the 49-year-old talk show host revealed his top choice during Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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"This is the series that constantly redefines the words 'dancing' and 'stars,'" he joked. "This time around includes Olympians Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan, NFL running back Rashad Jennings, The Bachelor Nick Viall is dancing, they've got Mr. T on the dance floor, they've got Charo -- it's like an episode of The Love Boat from 1982."

"We have a tradition around here," he continued. "At the start of every season, before a single paso has been dobled, I predict which dancer I believe will win it all. I bet real money on this. You can bet money on Dancing With the Stars, and I've won a lot over the years. You know, I can't fill out an NCAA bracket for the life of me, I got the Super Bowl wrong, but when it comes to ballroom dancing, and The Bachelor, by the way, I am golden."

Kimmel explained to the audience that he has correctly predicted the winner of DWTS nine out of his 18 times playing, and makes his decision before the season even begins. So who did he predict has what it takes to win it all this time around?

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"This afternoon, I wrote the name of my Dancing star on a piece of paper, I folded that paper up, I locked it in a tiny briefcase, and I lovingly placed that briefcase inside Guillermo [Rodriguez]'s mouth," he explained, as Guillermo revealed "Rashad Jennings" as the champ. "Rashad Jennings… will bring home the mirror ball, or I will lose money, so let's hope he does."

Luckily, Kimmel's pick is not far off. The NFL star and his partner, Emma Slater, placed second on the leader board during week one, scoring 31 out of 40 points. The only pair ahead of them right now is Simone Biles and Sasha Farber, who scored 32 points. See both of their dances (and read ET's official review!) HERE.

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