The judges were eager to draw their 10-paddles this week on "Dancing With the Stars." Out of the 36 total scores they gave to the remaining nine contestants – including special guest judge Olivia Newton-John – they gave 10s a whopping 17 times. There was so much love spread around that three contestants ended up at the top of the judges' leaderboard with a perfect 40 out of 40: Bindi Irwin, Tamar Braxton and perhaps most surprisingly Andy Grammer, who had been in the middle of the pack for most of the season.
That result also means an outstanding week for Gold Derby's racetrack odds. Paula Deen got the lowest score of the night (24 out of 40), as predicted by 89% of readers who are participating in our predictions contest. She was also eliminated, as predicted by 83% of us. As for the high score, 55% had predicted Irwin, 14% picked Braxton and just 1% foresaw Grammer's ascent.
How did he pull off that high score? He didn't get very many points predicting Dean's low score or elimination, but he wisely used his 500-point big bet on Braxton's high score when she was at 7/1 odds, resulting in a 3,500-point payout. That alone was more points than anyone else scored in the top-47. Click the chart below for this week's complete results:
Of course, Martin didn't score nearly as many points as he would have if he had predicted Andy Grammer's top score. Actually, the highest points total on our leaderboard went to user G Skip Cormier (10,100.91), who was the savvy predictor who anticipated Andy Grammer's high score. Even though Cormier bet just 100 on that result, Grammer had 100/1 odds, resulting in a 10,000 point payout. Unfortunately, Cormier incorrectly predicted that social media star Hayes Grier would get the night's lowest score, which was the difference between topping our predictions this week and finishing 48th.
Keep your point bets in mind making your predictions: coming out on top doesn't just mean answering the week's questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (one of 500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a long shot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points. As we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user tops our leaderboard with the same number of correct predictions (as happened this week), don't take them for granted.
There has finally been a shakeup on our overall leaderboard for the season to date. After weeks of a three-way tie between Denton Davidson, WiltedYouth and Avaday for the top spot, now Avaday drops to third while Denton and WiltedYouth maintain their tie at the top. Avaday was done in by predicting that Andy Grammer would be sent home instead of Paula Deen.
Who do you think will be eliminated next week? After Deen's ouster, surprisingly left at the bottom of the judges' scores are Alek Skarlatos and last week's perfect dancer Alexa PenaVega, both of whom scored 30. Poor Alexa also found out she was in jeopardy at the end of the night, leaving her in tears. Will her topsy-turvy relationship with the judges be resolved before she's sent home? Refer to the scores below before making your predictions:
In our "Dancing with the Stars" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:
Which celebrity will be eliminated?
Who will receive the HIGHEST score from the judges?
Who will receive the LOWEST score from the judges?
Who will win 'Dancing with the Stars'?
Just log into your Gold Derby account (or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google) and then start casting your votes. Users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click "Save Predictions" when you've settled on your choices. And every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated.
At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it's beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.
Which dancers do you like (and dislike) the most? Sound off in the comments section below, and join the discussion in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.
Photos: Bindi Irwin, Tamar Braxton, Andy Grammer, "Dancing with the Stars." Credit: ABC