In the duels, two couples will begin a dance together, but midway through the performance the pros will step aside and leave the stars to dance head-to-head. Which stars will be pitted against each other is anyone’s guess, but contestants may be crossing their fingers that they don’t draw Meryl Davis, who has received more perfect 10s than any other dancer this season.
Davis is still the frontrunner to win the season according to our predictors, who give her 1/3 odds. She’s also the favorite to receive the night’s top score, also with 1/3 odds. Charlie White is next in line to receive the top score (13/2 odds), followed by James Maslow (8/1), even though White and Maslow finished at the bottom of the leaderboard last week.
Meanwhile, the health of two of the season’s strongest competitors is still in question. Danica McKellar wasn’t at her physical best during last week’s performance after fracturing a rib, and Amy Purdy was sent to the hospital in the middle of the show for what she later revealed on Twitter was a rib injury of her own. Whether they can perform and at what level remains to be seen.
Judging their performances alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli will be this season’s latest guest judge, Abby Lee Miller, star of Lifetime’s reality series “Dance Moms.” How will she compare to previous guest judges, and who will rise to the occasion when the stars duel? Below, predict who will be eliminated: