‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: America picks final four, but can Alfonso Ribeiro still win?

How did you do predicting this week’s “Dancing With the Stars” semifinals? Nine of our users – myself included –  answered all three of this week’s questions correctly, forecasting the night’s highest scorer, lowest scorer, and elimination.

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Janel Parrish finished on top of the judges’ leaderboard for the third week in a row, while Tommy Chong was once again at the bottom. Chong was also sent home, which leaves Sadie Robertson as the lowest scoring contestant going into next week’s finals.

The users who foresaw all three results were Denton, Hummingbird Amber, Cordell Martin, tonyrandall, Nic, brunoalv, Dehlavi, Eric Yeaman, and me. Of those, Denton scored the most game points because of advantageous odds at the time he made his predictions. That moves Denton into second place behind alokin on our overall leaderboard. Martin is in fifth place, while tonyrandall is sixth. (Click here to see the leaderboard.)

Who do you think will win “Dancing with the Stars”? Click here to predict what will happen in the last week of the competition, or use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started. Your predictions generate our racetrack odds, and you earn points for every right answer. The prize for best predictions at the end of the season is a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Alfonso Ribeiro‘s health was in question this week after an injury during training. He wasn’t at his strongest when performing his two dances – an Argentine tango and a contemporary routine, both set to One Republic‘s “Love Runs Out” – but he played through the pain and scored a total of 75, including three 10s for his contemporary dance, which placed him third for the night.

Going into the semifinals, Ribeiro was the frontrunner to win the mirror ball trophy according to our racetrack odds, and he’s been on top of our predictions since week five. But will his injury hold him back at the crucial home stretch? He was able to perform during the semifinals, but even a healthy dancer would have trouble keeping up with Parrish and Bethany Mota, who have performed consistently and both delivered perfect dances to finish first and second for the night.

For that matter, could Ribeiro even be at risk of elimination on the eve of the mirror ball coronation? He finished second to last on the leaderboard, a tough spot to be in under any circumstances (just ask poor Lea Thompson), but Robertson, who scored just beneath him, has fans who may be more motivated than ever to vote for her. She had the lowest score of the night, and she was the last to be called safe before Chong was eliminated, so her fans know she’ll need their votes.

What’s more, Robertson could benefit from a possible bloc of conservative fans. Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure achieved an improbable top-three finish last season despite performances that were far less consistent than Robertson’s. The “Duck Dynasty” star, whose family made waves because of anti-gay comments made by her grandfather, Phil Robertson, could appeal to some of the same fans.

Could Robertson even win the season? Check out this week’s judges’ leaderboard below, then use our drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions.

Janel Parrish – 78
Bethany Mota – 76
Alfonso Ribeiro – 75
Sadie Robertson – 74

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