After only two days, numerous users are already predicting next week’s “Dancing with the Stars” semi-finals, and baseball player David Ross is the most likely to be eliminated as of this writing. He finished last on the judges’ leaderboard on Monday night’s “Trios Night” by a wide margin, and he has consistently scored lower than his rivals Normani Kordei, Simone Biles and Rashad Jennings. But could Ross pull off an upset and spoil a historic top three? Gold Derby contributor Cordell Martin and I discussed the possibility during our predictions slugfest. Watch it above.
“At the end of the day it’s a reality show,” says Cordell. “What sells is drama and controversy, and this season has been nothing short of that … Just following that trend I could see David being called first to safety and in the finals, and all heck is going to break loose.” Since Ross has survived elimination multiple times despite lower scores, we know that he has developed a strong fan base that is voting for him in earnest. And another shocking elimination would be in keeping with a season that has seen earlier-than-expected ousters for actress Heather Morris (eighth place) and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (tied for sixth place). But in the event that Ross does shock us by making the finals, who will be the contestant he knocks out?
“I think people are going to rally behind [Simone Biles],” Cordell predicts. “‘Hey, she’s America’s sweetheart, and the judges are being mean to her, so we need to rally and get her into the finals.’ That could hurt Rashad.” But Jennings finished second in the judges’ scores while Biles finished third, so will Biles have enough fan support to overcome Jennings’s scores? That’s the question.
But if Biles and Jennings do make it to the finals with Kordei, whom Cordell and I agree is virtually locked for the top three, they will make history. It would be the first season of “DWTS” to end with three black contestants in the finals. And it would be only the second time that people of color swept the top three. That previously happened in season six when Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor and Christian de la Fuente finished first, second and third.
What do you think? Are we on our way to “DWTS” history, or will David Ross crash the party with a surprise top-three finish?
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