‘Dancing with the Stars’ fright night: Bethany Mota triumphs, Len Goodman glowers

Our users had a better week predicting “Dancing With the Stars” than the celebrites who had to perform under the unforgiving eye of Len Goodman, who returned to the judges’ table this week with frightful comments after several weeks absent. Gold Derby’s own leaderboard of prediction scores was led by users Jason Nolette and taloson, both of whom correctly answered all three questions, forecasting Bethany Mota‘s high score, Michael Waltrip‘s low score, and Antonio Sabato Jr.‘s ouster.

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Nolette now ranks eighth on our overall leaderboard for season 19 of “DWTS,” while taloson is in 13th. Still leading all predictors this season is alokin, who added points to his own tally by predicting Mota’s high score and Waltrip’s low score, though he was wrong about who was sent home: he foresaw a shocking ouster for Lea Thompson who was ranked fourth by our users but ended up in second place. 

The “DWTS” leaderboard has fluctuated many times this season, so it’s no surprise that our users were split between three performers trying to predict who would receive the night’s highest score: Mota, Janel Parrish, and Alfonso Ribeiro all led with 11/2 odds and finished in the top three. 

The bottom of the leaderboard has proven a little easier to foretell. After delivering one of his strongest dances last week, Waltrip sank to the bottom yet again. He scored a dismal 20 for his jive with pro partner Emma Slater, and even though he was part of a group number that scored straight 9s from the judges, it wasn’t enough to keep him out of last place. He’s been there before, but his fan base keeps voting for him to stay.

Users were split over who would be eliminated: Waltrip or Antonio Sabato Jr., both of whom got 5/1 odds. It turned out to be Sabato who was sent home, since Waltrip has more lives than a cat.

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Goodman was especially surprised by Waltrip’s longevity, pulling no punches in telling the race car driver that he’s “running on empty.” Julianne Hough felt the same, calling his performance a “nightmare.” And he might be haunting the nightmares of several other contestants this week following his brutal critiques. He told Mota that her paso doble with Derek Hough got lost in all the bells and whistles of their dramatic production number and was the only judge who didn’t give them a 10 for the routine.

The irascible judge was even more critical of Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, complaining about the lack of technical content in their Viennese waltz. He again was the low score at the table, giving them a 7 among a sea of 8s.

By the time Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas performed their paso doble in a zombie-themed number, Len had had enough, telling the contestants that they had lost sight of the whole purpose of the competition.

He softened a bit by the time the dancers performed their group numbers. He praised “Team Itsy-Bitsy” (featuring Mota, Parrish, Thompson, and Waltrip) and gave them a 9. He criticized “Team Creepy” (Ribeiro, Robertson, Sabato, and Tommy Chong) for being out of sync and gave them an 8, but so did the other three judges. Derek Hough remains undefeated in team dances.

After the individual dances were combined with the team scores, the remaining contestants finished as follows on the leaderboard:

Bethany Mota – 75
Lea Thompson – 70
Alfonso Ribeiro – 68
Janel Parrish – 67
Sadie Robertson – 62
Tommy Chong – 60
Michael Waltrip – 56

As of this week’s show, Ribeiro led our overall predictions, getting 5/1 odds to win the mirror ball trophy. Thompson was second with 7/1 odds, and Mota was third with 15/2 odds. But after Mota’s dominance this week, will there be another change in the standings? Click here to make your predictions, or get started using our drag-and-drop menu below.

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