julie chen big brother 'Dancing With the Stars': Julie Chen picks Nicole Scherzinger for the winJulie Chen has a horse in the race to the “Dancing With the Stars” finish line … though the show isn’t on her network, which her husband happens to run.

Admitting she has “never seen an episode,” the wife of CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves still has taken in lots of information about the ABC contest — which ends tonight (Tuesday, May 25) — in her weekday role as a co-host of CBS’ “The Early Show.”

“It is covered so much, on ‘The Insider’ and on ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and in the tabloids, I know enough,” Chen tells Zap2it in making her “Dancing” prediction. “I’m kind of rooting for Nicole Scherzinger, because just from the little I’ve seen, she’s a pro.

“And it’s kind of not fair, because with what she did for a living before she came into this competition [as a member of music’s Pussycat Dolls], it’s kind of the same thing. I mean, you’re a pop singer and you have videos and you dance in them. She’s amazing, though, and she deserves to win.”

As for the other major televised contest that ends this week, Chen says she has “no idea who’s in the running” to be the next “American Idol” on FOX. “I usually keep up a little bit, just because it’s what people are talking about, but I don’t feel like people are talking about it as much.”

Chen hopes conversation will be plentiful about season 12 of CBS’ “Big Brother” once the new housemates go inside Thursday, July 8.

“I can’t compare it to something like ‘American Idol’ or ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” she maintains of the show she hosts, “though we all fall under the umbrella ‘reality television,’ and I don’t think that’s going away anytime soon. It’s about human nature, and people love to watch other people.”

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Posted by:Jay Bobbin