‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Nastia Liukin and Riker Lynch sizzled, but who fizzled?

Did you get it right and foresee that it would be Nastia Liukin  and Riker Lynch who would earn the night’s highest score on “Dancing With the Stars“? It was the second week in a row at the top for gymnast Liukin, but it was singer Lynch’s first time in the lead after hovering near the top of the pack for the last two weeks.

If you anticipated that result, you should enter our “DWTS” prediction contest. Score the most points each week and win bragging rights and a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated on next Monday’s show.

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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 (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot 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.

It was a good week for our predictions. An impressive six users topped our leaderboard for the week (see the chart above), answering all three questions (high score, low score, elimination) correctly: TWPAULANDREWSTEBBINS, Vinny, Erik10101, Other Daryl, Radzie and Dehlavi (click on their names to see their complete predictions for Monday’s show).

Helping our users this week was the fact that there was a tie at both the top and bottom of the leaderboard, doubling their chances of a right answer: Liukin and Lynch both scored 34 out of 40 from judges, while Patti LaBelle and Charlotte McKinney finished last with 22.

However, all six of our top users made the same predictions, betting on Liukin to score high, McKinney to score low, and McKinney to be sent home instead of last week’s worst dancer, “Bachelor” Chris Soules.

Despite all six predicting 100% of this week’s questions, TWPAULANDREWSTEBBINS blew away his competitors, scoring more game points (1,085) than the other five combined. That means he wins this week’s $100 prize (assuming he meets the eligibility requirements as set out in the rules HERE). How did he do it? He placed his 500-point bet on McKinney’s elimination when her odds were longer, resulting in a bigger payout.

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After this week’s show, just one user sits at the top of the overall leaderboardRadzie has correctly answered six out of nine questions this season so far (67%), including all of this week’s results. Right behind with five out of nine correct answers (56%) are Ryan Lapierre and last week’s contest winner, Other Daryl.

CLICK HERE to read our interview with Lapierre after he won our “Project Runway” contest last summer.

The week three rankings of the “DWTS” contestants were:

Nastia Liukin – 34
Riker Lynch – 34
Rumer Willis – 33
Willow Shields – 32
Noah Galloway – 30
Robert Herjavec – 29
Chris Soules – 28
Suzanne Somers – 25
Michael Sam – 24
Patti LaBelle – 22
Charlotte McKinney – 22

Has your opinion changed about who will get the top score next week? Can Liukin keep the momentum going? After all, the Olympic gymnast was our early favorite to win the mirrorball trophy before a single dancer even took the stage. But Lynch and actress Rumer Willis have been just as consistent so far this season, and all three have had a turn at the top of the leaderboard.

Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from left to the right in your forecasted order of finishing. For example, if you think Liukin will repeat again as the high scorer, make sure to have her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week until 4 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 score each week, who will be eliminated, 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 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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