‘Dancing with the Stars’ cliffhanger: After Willow Shields ouster, no one’s safe from double elimination

Who do you think is going home in this week’s two-night “Dancing With the Stars” event, when two stars are expected to be sent home in a dreaded double elimination? If you think you know, make your predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card (if you qualify according to our contest rules).

We had expected a double elimination last week, but only one star went home, and it was a star none of us were expecting: “Hunger Games” actress Willow Shields, who had been one of the season’s standout performers and actually went into last week’s show with the second highest judges’ score. If she could get the axe, then no one is safe.

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Despite last week’s surprise, our users are predicting the same contestants to get the boot this week. 48% of users say “Shark Tank” guru Robert Herjavec will be eliminated, giving him 11/10 odds. 36% say “Bachelor” star Chris Soules is a goner, giving him 9/5 odds.

Herjavec and Soules tied for the lowest judges’ score during last week’s show, which should be the kiss of death on “DWTS,” but not so this season. Only one contestant has been sent home after getting the lowest judges’ score: Redfoo at the very beginning of the season. Since then, the viewing audience has voted to save the bottom dancer every single time.

Heck, this is the third time at the bottom of the judges’ standings for both Herjavec and Soules, but they’re both still around. Will they continue to be invincible, or will the double elimination spell doom for one or both of them?

4% of users say military veteran Noah Galloway will be eliminated, giving him 25/1 odds, but somehow I doubt it. Conservative voters have rallied around like-minded contestants in seasons past (Candace Cameron Bure in season 18, Sadie Robertson in season 19). If voters are true to form, no way the “American Sniper” crowd will let a military hero go home just yet, especially since he received the second highest score of all remaining contestants last week (behind only gymnast Nastia Liukin).

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The two contestants who should really be biting their nails are actress Rumer Willis and musician Riker Lynch. They finished last week’s show tied for fourth place, ahead of only Herjavec and Soules. The judges didn’t give them much of a cushion, especially since last-place scorers have proven so hard to get rid of this year.

Despite their perilous position, only 2% of users predict Willis or Lynch will be eliminated, giving them both 50/1 odds.

 Our top users predicting “DWTS” agree on the likeliest contestant to be sent home. Radzie, who is the best predictor of this season of “DWTS” so far, says Herjavec will be eliminated. Second-place user Ryan Lapierre and third-place user Eeric agree.

All three of them rank Soules second.

A second-place ranking in our predictions won’t factor into our contest; you won’t be credited with two right answers if you have the second eliminated contestant in your number-two slot, but it’s worth noting that this season’s best “DWTS” predictors think Soules is also in jeopardy.

But if you think our users are wrong and we’re in for another shocking elimination, you can bet on Willis or Lynch now at 50/1 odds and score major points, which could help you win our $100 prize.

Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering the week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (one of 500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a long shot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points. As we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user tops our leaderboard with the same number of correct answers, don’t take them for granted.

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So if you bet 500 points on Willis or Lynch’s elimination at 50/1 odds, you’ll get 25,000 points if you’re right. By comparison, if you bet 500 points on Herjavec at 11/10 odds, that will pay out with only 550 points if you’re right. That could be the difference between winning our contest and losing it if you’re tied for the most right answers, but proceed with caution. If you predict a long shot and you’re wrong, you could knock yourself out of contention entirely.

The only contestant who appears to be completely out of harm’s way is Liukin, who gets 100/1 odds, but keep in mind that Shields also had 100/1 odds of being eliminated last week, and we all know how that turned out.

Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from the left to the right in your forecasted order of likelihood of being eliminated. For example, if you think Herjavec’s days are numbered, make sure to have him in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week until 5 p.m. PT each Monday. Just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

To enter your predictions for the other questions we ask (low and high score each week, ultimate winner), make sure you are logged into your Gold Derby account or register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.

After logging in, click on the “Predictions” button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby.

We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor” to the body count on “The Walking Dead” to the winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards and both Daytime and Primetime Emmys. 

Click on any box to bring up that event, then scroll down to start making your predictions.

For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. And remember to place your 500 and 200-point bets wisely. 

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