And then there were four. On Monday, November 14, “Dancing with the Stars” revealed its four finalists: gymnast Laurie Hernandez, race car driver James Hinchcliffe, football player Calvin Johnson and country singer and actress Jana Kramer. Based on our racetrack odds, Hernandez has been the frontrunner from the very beginning, but who really deserves to win the Mirror Ball Trophy when season 23 ends on November 22? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
All four dancers have been at the top of the leaderboard at various times during the season, so we know they’re all capable of being the best of the best. Hernandez has received the top score five times, more than anyone else in the competition. In fact, for the past three weeks she hasn’t received a single judges’ score below a 10. But Hinchcliffe has given her a run for her money. He topped the leaderboard four times, including in the first week of competition when he and Hernandez tied for the highest score.
Kramer and Johnson received the high score twice each. Kramer was actually the second dancer to receive a perfect score this season: in week six for an unexpectedly steamy Argentine tango. Meanwhile, Johnson has relied on his abundant charm on the dance floor and picked up a perfect score for a Halloween quickstep.
After voting for your personal favorite dancer below, make your predictions for who will win “Dancing with the Stars” this season. Gold Derby readers 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” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “Dancing with the Stars” in our reality TV forum.