Will injury force ‘Dancing with the Stars’ frontrunner Alfonso Ribeiro out?

In last week’s “Dancing With the Starsquarterfinals, America voted out one of Alfonso Ribeiro‘s top competitors, former ballerina Lea Thompson, so it should be smooth sailing for him on the way to the mirror ball trophy, right? Maybe not. An already unpredictable season could be upended yet again, because Ribeiro was injured while training for Monday night’s semifinals, calling into question his ability to compete. Is it time to change your predictions?

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Use our drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to forecast who will get the axe. Or click here to predict that as well as who will be the week’s highest scorer, lowest scorer, and who will win the season. Your predictions determine our racetrack odds, and you score points for every right answer (click here to see our leaderboard).

Ribeiro recently tweeted, “Hey #TeamWitfonso thanks 4 all the love. I’m working really hard to be able to dance Monday. Keep the prayers coming. Love you all.” According to an ABC News report on Saturday, November 15, he is being medically evaluated to determine whether he can still compete.

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But despite his uncertain health, Ribeiro still leads our predictions to win the season with 3/1 odds, followed by a surging Janel Parrish (9/2), who topped the leaderboard for the last two weeks in a row. Bethany Mota and Sadie Robertson are tied for third with 5/1 odds. Ribeiro is also expected to be the week’s top scorer (13/5 odds), followed by Mota and Robertson (7/2).

The overwhelming favorite to be eliminated with 2/1 odds is Tommy Chong, who surprised last week by outlasting Thompson to make it into the top five. At age 76, Chong is the oldest competitor ever to have made it this far in the competition, and he could beat the odds yet again if Ribeiro is forced out by injury.

The intense training required by “Dancing with the Stars” took its toll on contestants last season too. Billy Dee Williams withdrew from the competition in week three. Danica McKellar was hindered by a fractured rib before finishing sixth. Then Amy Purdy was hospitalized after dislocating a rib, but the Paralympian was able to keep dancing and was the runner-up for the mirror ball trophy.

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This season’s cast hasn’t suffered quite as many bumps and bruises thus far, and no one has yet been forced to exit the competition prematurely. Among our top-scoring users, Denton, Ryan Lapierre, and Cordell Martin all say Ribeiro will win as of this writing. Denton and Martin agree with our consensus that Chong is going home, while Lapierre is predicting a surprise elimination for “Duck Dynasty” star Robertson.

Are they right? Or is “DWTS” suddenly going to need a new frontrunner? Predict Monday night’s elimination below.

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