She is good, most probably a ringer - but in the end it doesn't matter. It might take her to the finals, but the fan bases are the deciding factor - if she ends up in the end with Pam Anderson and Kate Gosselin - who would you prefer to win? Hard to say if Pam or Kate can even improve to the point that Nicole danced on night 1, but in a season 8 with Gilles, Melissa and Shawn Johnson, it was clear that the fan base decided the winner.
I loved watching Nicole dance and it makes me want to keep watching, since she clearly has 'it' and the show needs that so that it's not just about watching people without rhythm trying to dance.
I said it in another thread, and bares repeating here. This show is cast with train wrecks, potentials and sure things every season - Nicole is one of the sure things, if the fans want her there. [mod edit]