Tommy Chong had the lowest score going into this week’s quarterfinals on “Dancing With the Stars,” but the live show opened with the announcement that Chong was safe from elimination. Judging from the reaction of him and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd, he didn’t see that coming. Did you?
Six of our users did: tonyrandall, Cordell Martin, Mike Warren, TopChefFan, dsps84, and Ryan Lapierre correctly predicted all of this week’s outcomes, including the surprise elimination of Lea Thompson. She was second-to-last in the judges’ scores last week, which has been one of the most perilous spots for contestants this season, while last place has been a surprise good-luck charm: stars at the bottom have only been eliminated twice.
Thompson’s elimination was especially surprising given where she stood in our users’ predictions for the mirror ball trophy. By the time she was sent home, she was a close second to Alfonso Ribeiro in our odds to win the season. She even led our predictions in week four of the competition and had consistently finished among our users’ top three contestants.
Even though six users answered all questions correctly, tonyrandall scored the most game points because of a tie between Ribeiro and Janel Parrish at the top of the judges’ scores: while the other five users joined the majority predicting Ribeiro, he went out on a limb for underdog Parrish and scored more points as a result. He currently ranks eighth in our overall leaderboard.
Meanwhile, the points leader for the season is still alokin, who correctly answered two out of three of this week’s prediction questions. He was right that Thompson would be eliminated and that Chong would be the night’s lowest scorer, but he thought Sadie Robertson would earn the best score. The teenage reality star ended up fourth out of the final five contestants after scores were combined from the night’s two dances: one “America’s Choice” routine with elements decided by fans on social media, and a trio dance where each couple performed with a second pro dancer.
Robertson placed fourth overall despite earning a perfect 40 for her trio foxtrot with usual partner Mark Ballas along with Emma Slater, which illustrates how competitive the season has become now that it has narrowed down to the top five.
That means Robertson is second-to-last going into next week’s show, the same position Thompson was in before being eliminated this week. But unlike Thompson, Robertson has a massive 16-point buffer between her and Chong. Is that enough for her to survive and make it to the finals? This week’s scores were as follows:
Is Chong too far behind to make it to the finals? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to predict who will be eliminated during next week’s semifinals.