Have you been predicting “DWTS” for a chance to win $100 every week? To prevail in our contest, you just have to have the best score when forecasting who will get the high score and low score on Monday night, and who will finish first, second, and third when final results are announced on Tuesday.
At the moment, military veteran Noah Galloway appears at a distinct disadvantage. Only 9% of users think he’ll win the mirror ball trophy, giving him 10/1 odds. What’s more, 73% of users predict he’ll finish in third place (4/11 odds) and a whopping 85% say he’ll be at the bottom of the judges’ scores (2/11 odds) after their performances tonight. (Click here to see our complete predictions.)
But as I’ve noted before, we’ve underestimated Galloway all season; we didn’t expect him to make the finals last week, but he did. That was an especially impressive feat, because he had gotten the lowest score and still managed to outlast Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, who was eliminated despite having a perfect score.
User Eeric currently ranks second on our overall predictions leaderboard, having correctly predicted 48% of this season’s results so far, but he admits, “Although I’m predicting Noah to get third, there is a very good chance for him to get second or even first … He’s a super nice guy, and he’s a veteran who had two limbs amputated. After coming back, he stayed strong and kept living his life. That’s such an inspirational story; people respect him and want to see him succeed. People have clearly been voting for him this season seeing as how he made the final three after being last on the leaderboard, so there’s definitely the possibility of an upset.”
Eeric is “still sticking to [Riker Lynch] winning. He has the highest average score, and he also has his fans. To add on to that, [his pro partner Allison Holker] has her own fans too, being from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ … It’s going to be really close between him and [Rumer Willis], but I’m hoping that he manages to pull ahead.”
Eeric is certainly going against the grain by picking Lynch, who has 12/5 odds of winning the mirror ball trophy based on support from only 29% of users.
Radzie agrees, saying “I’m quite upset to know that Nastia didn’t make it to the finale.” Radzie has led on our predictions leaderboard for almost the entire season of “DWTS” and has 52% accuracy after nine weeks of competition.
Radzie believes “Rumer is the one that should win the golden trophy. Riker is a good dancer, but I don’t think Allison is quite a good pro dancer. But everything is up to the finale show.”
Willis is exactly who Radzie is predicting to win, and he’s not alone. She is our strong favorite to win the season 20 title with 8/13 odds based on the support of 62% of users.
Denton Davidson concurs. “I’m betting on Rumer to go all the way – and actually hope she wins. I like both her and her partner [Val Chmerkovskiy]. Riker and Allison could steal it.” Davidson is only in eighth place on our overall leaderboard, but he did win our contest predicting semifinals last week, and the reality-TV genius also won our contest predicting “American Idol” this season, so we should always take his forecasts seriously.
Davidson doesn’t have high hopes for Galloway either. He’s betting on “Rumer for the win, Riker second and the inspirational vote stalling Noah in third place, who just really struggles through almost every dance.”
If you think our users are wrong and Galloway will actually win the season, you can bet on him now at 10/1 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.
So if you bet 500 points on Galloway’s victory at 10/1 odds, you’ll get 5,000 points if you’re right. By comparison, if you bet 500 points on Willis at her current 8/13 odds, that will pay out with only 307 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 the long shot and you’re wrong, you could knock yourself out of contention entirely.
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We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “The Voice” and “Survivor” to the body count on “Game of Thrones” to the winners of the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards.
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.