‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Near-perfect Willow Shields leads night of shockers

Did you predict this week’s results on “Dancing With the Stars“? If so, you should put your psychic powers to use by entering our “DWTS” prediction contest because none of our racetrack odds panned out this week, when the nine remaining celebs performed dances inspired by their “Most Memorable Year.”

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 — as was the case with each of this week’s results — 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 GOConnorYoung won this week’s predictions contest. He was one of only two users to correctly answer two of this week’s three questions correctly, but he scored an overwhelming 23,150 game points in large part because he predicted actress Willow Shields‘s shocking rise to the top. Not only did Shields have the top score of the night, she had the top score of the season so far, picking up three perfect 10s for a total of 39 out of 40.

The 14-year-old “Hunger Games” star had been steadily improving from week to week, landing in the judges’ top four for the last two weeks. But few of our users thought she would rise above high-scoring heavyweights Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch, and Rumer Willis. As a result, Shields had distant 33/1 odds when Young made his prediction. He shrewdly placed his 500-point bet on her and picked up 16,500 points on that pick alone.

Young also correctly predicted that Chris Soules would get the low score and capitalized on 33/1 odds at the time he made that pick as well.

Young’s only mistake was forecasting that Soules would be eliminated, but he wasn’t the only one who got burned by that result. Not many of our users expected Michael Sam to be sent home, which was especially sad after Sam dedicated his “Most Memorable Year” dance to the rejection of his father after the burgeoning football star publicly came out as gay.

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Also with two correct predictions was CordellMartin, who did predict Sam’s elimination, as well as Soules’s low score, but even though he wisely used his 500-point and 200-point bets, he didn’t score quite as much as Young’s astounding 33/1 payouts. (Martin was wrong about this week’s top scorer, picking Liukin instead of Shields).

After this week’s show, there’s once again a tie at the top of our overall leaderboard: Radzie and Ryan Lapierre have both scored 50% out of 12 prediction questions so far this season, but because he scored massive points predicting Soules’s low score this week, Lapierre now jumps into the lead based on his point total.

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:

Willow Shields – 39
Nastia Liukin – 36
Rumer Willis – 35
Robert Herjavec – 34
Riker Lynch – 34
Noah Galloway – 32
Patti LaBelle – 30
Michael Sam – 30
Suzanne Somers – 28
Chris Soules – 27

Who do you think will be eliminated next week? Can Chris Soules survive again? After all, this isn’t his first time at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, but last time he was saved by viewers’ votes.

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 Soules is a goner, make sure to have him 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 (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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