It seems unthinkable that Meryl Davis could be sent home from “Dancing With the Stars” after weeks of dominant performances. Our users aren’t worried, still giving her best odds to win the season, but she may be more vulnerable than we realize.
In week two she tied Charlie White and James Maslow as the judges’ highest scoring dance, and in weeks three and four she held that distinction all by herself with near perfect scores. That included the partner switch, where Davis was one of the few competitors not to lose any ground.
But on Monday’s “Disney Night” several contestants earned personal-best scores, so Davis, who earned straight 9s from the judges, was only good enough for fifth place, tied with NeNe Leakes. Ahead of her were Maslow, Danica McKellar, Amy Purdy, and White.
Thus far this season, the lowest-scoring dancer has yet to be eliminated. After week one, Billy Dee Williams scored lowest, but it was Diana Nyad and Sean Avery who got the boot when the judges’ scores were combined with viewers’ votes.
Williams had the lowest score going into the next elimination, but he withdrew himself from the competition due to injury; we have no way to know if he would have been sent home anyway.
The latest elimination was the most surprising. 17-year-old pop singer Cody Simpson was voted off even though three contestants had lower scores: Carey, Leakes, and Cameron Bure. Clearly, having a buffer at the bottom of the leaderboard is no guarantee of safety.
Middle-of-the-pack performers are often the most vulnerable when viewer votes are taken into account, because their scores aren’t high enough to guarantee safety, but not low enough to mobilize their panicked fans at home. Davis, who is used to having the highest scores, may as a result have the most complacent fans.
Do you think Davis will be eliminated? Watch her “Jungle Book”-inspired dance below and make your predictions: