It’s far from certain who will win the mirror ball trophy this season on “Dancing With the Stars” since no one contestant has been dominant in the first four weeks of season 20. But you’ve got a pretty good chance of predicting who will get the high score. Considering how the celebs have performed in the early weeks of the competition, it looks like you’ve got about a one-in-four shot.
If the contestants remain consistent, this week’s top scorer will probably be gymnast Nastia Liukin, actress Rumer Willis, musician Riker Lynch, or “Hunger Games” ingenue Willow Shields. How do I know that? They’ve consistently led the pack and show no signs of slowing down.
Willis was the leader in the season premiere episode, scoring 32 out of 40 from the judges, followed by Lynch (31) and Liukin (30). Shields got off to a slow start and tied for eighth that night with a score of 25.
Liukin was on top in week two for “My Jam Monday” with a score of 34. Lynch, Willis and an improved Shields tied all for second place with 32.
On “Latin Night,” Liukin was the highest scorer again with 34, but this time Lynch tied her at the top. Willis was close behind with 33, and Shields had 32.
But when the contestants performed dances inspired by their “Most Memorable Year,” Shields came out on top with by far the highest score of the season so far, 39. Liukin followed with 36, Willis scored 35, and Lynch was tied with “Shark Tank” businessman Robert Herjavec with 34.
So if you want to play it safe, bet on one of them.
Our racetrack odds agree with that assessment. Liukin is favored to win the night with even odds, followed by Shields (9/2), Willis (11/2), and Lynch (9/1). In fact, they’ve been so dominant that they’re the only contestants with odds better than 100/1.
User Ryan Lapierre is our overall predictions leader for this season of “DWTS,” and he says Liukin will be the top scorer for the third time. Radzie, currently second on our overall leaderboard, is betting on Willis to return to the top of the judges’ standings for the first time since week one. Third-place user Other Daryl also agrees with Lapierre that Liukin will continue her hot streak.
Meanwhile, Connordapianist, who had the best predictions score in week four and was one of the only users to foresee Shields’s high score, is betting on the “Hunger Games” star to come out on top again.
Besides this season’s fantastic four, every other contestant has 100/1 odds, but if you think one of them will pull off an upset, those odds will pay out in a big way if you place your 500-point or 200-point bet on them and get it right. We use those game points to break ties in case multiple users tie with the most right answers for the week. If you’re the week’s top predictor, you win a $100 Amazon gift card (if you qualify according to our contest rules).
For instance, you might consider taking a calculated risk and putting your support behind Herjavec, who has performed consistently over the course of the season and tied Lynch for fourth place last week. Herjavec also finished in the top four in the first week of the competition, so he might be primed for a breakthrough dance.
Could we also be underestimating military man Noah Galloway? As a double amputee, his movements are limited, even more so than season-18 runner-up Amy Purdy, who lost both legs below the knee but had greater range of motion. But because Galloway’s dance routines require innovative choreography, he may be in a position to surprise judges with an especially difficult and unconventional performance. Last week, he finished sixth, but to date he’s never finished at the bottom.
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