‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere shockers: Rumer Willis in first, Nastia Liukin in third

Our users forecast the results of the season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars,” arguably the show’s most difficult week to predict since they had never seen these contestants perform. They had expected Olympic gold-medal gymnast Nastia Liukin (paired with five-time “DWTS” champ Derek Houghto top the leaderboard but she was ranked third by the judges.

Did you get it right and foresee that it would be Rumer Willis who would earn the night’s highest score? Then you need to enter our “DWTS” prediction contest. Score the most points at season’s end 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 win the 20th edition of this dancefest. 

‘DWTS’ surprise: Nastia Liukin is frontrunner before season even begins

Can Willis keep the momentum going? The singer and actress, whose parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were there to cheer her on, closed the show with a foxtrot with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy that scored 32 out of 40.

Of all our users, only Radzie anticipated all three results: Rumer’s high score, the low score for LMFAO member RedFoo, and that no one was eliminated in this first week of the competition. Radzie is predicting that recent “Bachelor” star Chris Soules will win the season. However, he is tied for fifth and will need to up his game.

RedFoo performed a disappointing cha cha with partner Emma Slater and scored 22 out of 40. Also coming in at 22 was model Charlotte McKinney, who struggled through her jive with pro Keo Motsepe. Poor Keo debuted on “DWTS” last season but was eliminated first with track-and-field athlete Lolo Jones. Will he be the first pro sent home again?

The good news for Redfoo and McKinney is that having the lowest score doesn’t always lead to elimination. Rather, low scores sometimes galvanize their fans into voting, giving them a reprieve at the expense of a dancer in the middle of the pack.

That could mean trouble for three competitors who finished just above them: music legend Patti LaBelle, 14-year-old actress Willow Shields, and actress Suzanne Somers tied at 25 points each.

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The week one leaderboard looks like this:

Rumer Willis – 32
Riker Lynch – 31
Nastia Liukin – 30
Robert Herjavec – 28
Noah Galloway – 26
Michael Sam – 26
Chris Soules – 26
Patti LaBelle – 25
Willow Shields – 25
Suzanne Somers – 25
Charlotte McKinney – 22
Redfoo – 22

Now that you have seen all the contestants strut their stuff, has your opinion changed about who will win? Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from left to the right in your forecasted order of finishing. For example, if you now think Willis will win the mirror ball, make sure you put 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 (high and low score each week, who will be eliminated), 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 special 200-point bet wisely. 

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