‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Nastia Liukin rebounds, but night ends with huge outrage

Did you predict this week’s shocking results on “Dancing With the Stars“? No, of course you didn’t.Neither did we. It almost goes without saying that none of our users answered all three of this week’s questions correctly. High and low score? No problem. But that elimination can safely be described as the season’s most baffling surprise.

If you somehow did see it coming, you should use your incredible psychic powers immediately by entering our “DWTS” predictions contest for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Nastia Liukin had the night’s highest score, and Chris Soules and Robert Herjavec tied for the lowest score. Those were perfectly in line with our racetrack odds, which were based on the consensus of our users’ predictions.

As for the elimination, we had expected two contestants to be sent home this week, but Tom Bergeron announced at the start of the show that the double elimination would take place next week instead. That wasn’t the only surprise. At the end of the night he announced that the unlucky contestant getting the boot was Willow Shields.

Shields was sent home despite being tied as last week’s second best dancer, despite having the season’s fourth highest average score, and despite her popularity with our readers; we asked you last week to name the contestant you most wanted to send home, and Shields finished last. Less than 2% of our readers wanted her gone, compared to a combined 80% who would have gotten rid of Soules or Herjavec.

If you think you can foresee what surprises are in store for next week’s show, scroll down and use our drag-and-drop menu to get started by predicting who you think will be eliminated next week. You’ve got two chances to get it right, but given this week’s result, there’s no reason to assume even consistent powerhouse dancers like Rumer Willis and Riker Lynch are safe.

It’s possible Herjavec and Soules will both survive next week’s double elimination. They’re tied for last place in the judges’ scores, and last place has been one of the luckiest slots of the season. The only last-place contestant to be eliminated was Redfoo, the very first contestant sent home this season.

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But when making your predictions, 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.

That’s how user Aosorio19 won this week’s predictions contest. Though a whopping 24 users correctly answered two of this week’s three questions correctly (myself included), she scored the most points (22,000) by predicting Herjavec would get the lowest score at a point when Herjavec had 100/1 odds. She bet 200 points on that result, yielding 20,000 points on that answer alone.

Aosorio also bet 500 points on Liukin’s high score at 4/1 odds, resulting in another 2,000-point payout.

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Our next best user was Ngo Khang, who scored 20,900 points answering the same questions correctly. Khang even placed the same big bets, but scored fewer points because Liukin had 9/5 odds when Khang placed that bet.

Thanks to a strong showing predicting this week’s show (two out of three correct), Ryan Lapierre improves his accuracy for the season to 43%, but he’s still in second place on our overall leaderboard behind Radzie, who only answered one question correctly this week and dropped slightly to 52% accuracy over seven weeks.

Lapierre has consistently been one of our best reality-show predictors. CLICK HERE to read our interview with him after he won our “Project Runway” contest last summer.

The week-seven rankings of the “DWTS” contestants were:

Nastia Liukin – 38
Riker Lynch – 37
Willow Shields – 37
Noah Galloway – 36
Rumer Willis – 35
Robert Herjavec – 31
Chris Soules  31

Liukin received her high score with pro dancer Sasha Farber, who filled in for an injured Derek Hough. That high score earned Liukin immunity from elimination. The remaining six dancers performed dance-off performances in the hopes of adding two points to their scores. Shields, Galloway, and Willis won those head-to-head match-ups, so the adjusted scores are as follows:

Nastia Liukin – 40
Willow Shields – 39
Noah Galloway – 38
Riker Lynch – 37
Rumer Willis – 37
Robert Herjavec – 31
Chris Soules – 31

You’ll notice that Shields received the second highest score for the second week in a row, and she still has the highest scoring dance of the season to date, but she finishes in seventh place for the season.

Who do you think will be eliminated next week? Will the bottom scorers continue to be invincible, or will order be restored?

Make or update your predictions below by dragging contestants from left to right in the order of their likelihood of getting the boot. For example, if you think Herjavec is a goner, 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 (high and low 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 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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