Perhaps we should have seen this coming. At the end of a “Dancing with the Stars” season that was notorious for its upsets against high-scoring female celebrities, the first result announced during Tuesday night’s season finale — more than two hours into the two-and-a-half-hour event — was that frontrunner Normani Kordei had finished in third place. So who won instead?
The Mirror Ball Trophy went to football player Rashad Jennings. The NFL star only topped the leaderboard three times this season, but one of those times was during these finals, so he got the scores he needed right when they counted the most. Kordei had the highest cumulative score of any contestant this season, but she finished behind Jennings during the finals, which put her in a position to be picked off by David Ross‘s passionate fans.
When you put together the entire season’s scores, Ross ranked sixth with an average score of 32.2 out of 40 per dance. That was below Nancy Kerrigan (32.6 average, sixth place finish), Heather Morris (33.4 average, eighth place finish), Simone Biles (35.6 average, fourth place finish) and Kordei (36.8 average, third place finish). So his second place finish truly is a remarkable testament to the rabid support of his fan base.
We had given Kordei leading odds of 4/11, which translated to a 77% chance of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. Jennings ranked second with odds of 7/2, or an 18% chance of winning. We placed Ross third with odds of 20/1, or a 5% chance of winning. So this may be the biggest upset in recent “DWTS” history.
In our weekly predictions contest, two users managed to score a perfect 100% by correctly answering all four of our prediction questions: who would get the high score (Jennings), who would get the low score (Ross), how many 10s the judges would give out (10 or more), and who would win the Mirror Ball Trophy (Jennings). Those users were Tom and Blah Blahblah.
Tom takes first place on our predictions leaderboard because he took advantage of his big bets to score the maximum payouts. He placed his 500-point big bets on Jennings’s high score and 10 or more perfect 10s when both of those outcomes had odds of 2/1, which resulted in a combined 3,000 points added to his score.
Check out the top 10 users in our predictions chart below. Click on the chart to see the complete predictions leaderboard so you can find out how well you did.
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