“Vegas Night” on “Dancing with the Stars” was enough to convince many of our users to change their predictions for who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy. After topping the judges’ leaderboard for the second week in a row (this time with a score of 34 out of 40), singer Normani Kordei has shot up dramatically in our rankings. According to our latest predictions she gets 11/4 odds to win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
That translates to a 27% chance of victory for Kordei, way up from last week when she had 11/1 odds (9% chance). That moves her up into second place in our rankings. But gymnast Simone Biles is stubbornly holding on to her frontrunner position, getting odds of 9/10 (53% chance). That’s markedly down from last week (8/15 odds, 65% chance), but she’s still the heavy favorite. However, if Kordei keeps racking up top scores, Biles’s lead could continue to dwindle. After being the judges’ favorite in week one, the Olympic champion spent the next two weeks in fourth place, so she’ll need to step up her game to keep up with her competitors.
Kordei’s rise in our rankings moves actress Heather Morris down to third place with 9/1 odds (10% chance), down just slightly from last week’s 8/1 odds (12% chance). Morris had her best night yet last week, posting the second highest score (33 out of 40) for her tango.
Next up is Rashad Jennings. He had a rough night last week, receiving heavy criticism from the judges for his samba, which resulted in his lowest score of the season so far (28 out of 40). And our users have certainly responded. He takes a significant tumble from third place (9/1 odds, 10% chance) to fourth place (20/1 odds, 5% chance).
Competitive bull rider Bonner Bolton also had problems on “Vegas Night.” His lack of expression and the physical limitations caused by his neck injury resulted in low scores for his Charleston, which tied him with Mr. T as the lowest-scoring dancer of the night (24 out of 40). So it’s surprising that Bolton ranks fifth in our Mirror Ball predictions with 25/1 odds (4% chance). That’s actually an improvement from last week’s 50/1 odds (2% chance). Perhaps our readers expect him to ride high on sex appeal and fan votes.
Our users aren’t predicting anyone else to win the Mirror Ball Trophy as of this writing, not even figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who tied Morris for the second highest score of the night. Are we underestimating her or anyone else in the bottom half of our rankings?
Below, check out our latest predictions for who will win season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Click on the chart for our complete racetrack odds:
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