Have you been predicting “Dancing With the Stars” for a chance to win $100 every week? To prevail in our contest, you just have to have the best score when forecasting who will get the high score, who will get the low score, and who will be eliminated each week.
When it comes to the high score, your best bet may be to predict one of the three most dominant dancers still in contention: gymnast Nastia Liukin, musician Riker Lynch and actress Rumer Willis. But it would be wise not to underestimate military veteran Noah Galloway.
During the last seven weeks of competition, four stars have taken turns at the top of the judges’ scores: Liukin, Lynch, Willis and “Hunger Games” actress Willow Shields. On “Eras Night,” Liukin was the judges’ favorite for the third time this season, while Lynch and Willis have both come out on top twice. Poor Shields had the best score once, but despite consistently high scores, America shockingly voted her out of the competition last Monday night. So if the contestants are consistent this week, it looks like you’ve got a one-in-three shot of correctly predicting the top scorer.
Indeed, Liukin leads our predictions to get the high score for a fourth time. 46% of users are betting on her, resulting in field-leading 6/5 odds. Next is Willis with 10/3 odds and support from 24% of users. Lynch also gets 10/3 odds, based on support from 23% of users.
However, none of our top users agree with that assessment. Radzie has been on top of our predictions leaderboard for almost the entire season, and with 52% accuracy after seven weeks, he’s our only user who has been right more than half the time. So perhaps we should listen to him when he tells us that Willis will get the top score.
To get the top score, Willis will have to overcome her recent slump. Over the last two weeks, she has struggled to win over the judges, landing perilously in the middle of the pack. We recently polled our readers, asking whether they thought the judges have been too hard on her, and 70.87% say her scores have been too low. Only 22.17% agree with the judges, while 6.96% think her scores have been too high. (You can continue voting in our poll HERE.)
Despite her recent battles with the judges, however, she remains our frontrunner to take home the mirror ball trophy at the end of the season — but just barely. 42% of readers currently predict she will be the season-20 champ, giving her 11/8 odds, while 40% are betting on Liukin, resulting in 3/2 odds.
I’ve got a hunch that Riker Lynch will return to the top of the judges’ scores, but maybe you shouldn’t listen to me. My predictions have only been 29% accurate this season so far, placing me 13th on our leaderboard. Then again, user Eeric is currently in third place for the season, and he too is predicting Lynch to score the highest, so maybe I’m on to something.
But I wonder if we’re also underestimating Galloway. None of our users think he’ll get the high score for the night, making him a 100/1 underdog, but remember that he outscored both Lynch and Willis on “Eras Night,” even receiving a perfect 10 from Carrie Ann Inaba. As a double-amputee, he has the potential to surprise with a uniquely challenging routine.
If you think Galloway will win the night, you can predict him now at 100/1 odds and win big points, and that’s often the key to winning our weekly contests.
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 answers, don’t take them for granted.
So if you bet 500 points on Galloway at 100/1 odds, that will pay out with a whopping 50,000 points if you’re right. That could be the difference between winning our contest and losing. But it’s a calculated risk, because you don’t score points for a wrong answer, which could knock you out of contention entirely.
When making your predictions, sometimes it pays to be bold, but sometimes it pays to play it safe. Choose wisely.
Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from left to right in your forecasted order of finishing. For example, if you think Liukin will get the highest score, make sure to have her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week until 5 p.m. PT each Monday. Just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choices.
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 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.