‘Dancing with the Stars’ shake-up: Nastia Liukin overtakes Rumer Willis, Chris Soules stumbles

Did you get it right and foresee that it would be Nastia Liukin who would earn the night’s highest score on “Dancing With the Stars,” unseating last week’s best performer, Rumer Willis? Then you need to enter our “DWTS” prediction contest. Score the most points each week and win bragging rights and a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will get the highest score on next Monday’s show.

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Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering that week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot 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 answers, don’t take them for granted.

Four users topped our leaderboard for the week, answering two out of three questions (high score, low score, elimination) correctly: Other Daryl, REGRIMM, NgoKhang, and Ryan Lapierre (click on their names to see their complete predictions for Monday’s show).

All of them foresaw Liukin’s high score. And all of them also anticipated the elimination of poor Redfoo, who was so enthusiastic about the show that he served as a guest judge in season 18. Redfoo was tied with model Charlotte McKinney as last week’s lowest scoring celeb, but viewers voted to give McKinney a reprieve. The result must have been especially disappointing for Redfoo considering how greatly he improved in week two, finishing fifth on the leaderboard with 31 points, just three shy of Liukin’s high score.

Even though Other Daryl only used one of his two 200 points bets, he scored the highest of these four and wins the $100 prize (assuming he meets the eligibility requirements as set out in the rules HERE). How did he do it? By locking in his 500 points on that elimination of RedFoo when the odds were up at 19/10. That savvy move earned him 950 points. Compare that to the other three who all bet on Redfoo when his odds of elimination had dropped to 3/2 because more people were predicting this result; REGRIMM used one of his two 200 points here and got 300 points while the other two netted just 150 points for this correct prediciton. 

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REGRIMM and Ryan LaPierre each put 500 points on Liuskin getting the highest score this week. However, LaPierre scored 125 points because he had made this prediction when her odds were 1/4 while REGRIMM got only 50 points as he didn’t lock in his bet until her odds had dropped to 1/10. 

NgoKhang had his 500 points riding on the question that all four top users got wrong: none of them anticipated that “Bachelor” star Chris Soules would implode, receiving the lowest score of the season so far (21) and landing at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard. Only one of our top four users, REGRIMM, even ranked Soules among the top five most likely to score poorly.

Soules looked just as shell-shocked after his performance as our users must have been. But I’m not sure that means he’ll be sent home next week, even though he’s five points behind the next lowest scorer (McKinney, with 26). Female fans who may have followed him from “The Bachelor,” which aired in the same timeslot right before “DWTS” started, might want to keep him around a while longer even if he does have two left feet.

After this week’s results, two of our users now sit at the top of the leaderboardRadzie, who correctly answered all of last week’s questions but missed all of this week’s, is tied with Gold Derby’s reality-predicting superstar Ryan Lapierre, who can frequently be found at or near the top of our reality prediction scores. 

CLICK HERE to read our interview with Lapierre after he won our “Project Runway” contest last summer. And check out Radzie’s early predictions for next week’s “DWTS” HERE.

The week two rankings of the “DWTS” contestants were:

Nastia Liukin – 34
Riker Lynch – 32
Willow Shields – 32
Rumer Willis – 32
Redfoo – 31
Robert Herjavec – 28
Patti LaBelle – 28
Michael Sam – 28
Suzanne Somers – 28
Noah Galloway – 27
Charlotte McKinney – 26
Chris Soules – 21

Has your opinion changed about who will get the top score next week? Can Liukin keep the momentum going? After all, the Olympic gymnast was our early favorite to win the mirrorball trophy before a single dancer even took the stage. She performed a rumba with pro partner and five-time “DWTS” champ Derek Hough that scored 34 out of 40, including the first 9s of the season.

Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from left to the right in your forecasted order of finishing. For example, if you think Liukin will repeat as the high scorer, make sure to have her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week until 4 p.m. PT each Monday. Just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

To enter your predictions for the other questions we ask (low score each week, who will be eliminated, ultimate winner), make sure you are logged into your Gold Derby account or register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.

After logging in, click on the “Predictions” button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby.

We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor” to the body count on “The Walking Dead” to the winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards and both Daytime and Primetime Emmys. 

Click on any box to bring up that event, then scroll down to start making your predictions.

For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. And remember to place your 500 and 200-point bets wisely. 

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