‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere recap: Nick Carter & Bindi Irwin rise to the top

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Season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars” started Monday night, and the results were not what we expected. Our users predicted that Carlos PenaVega would get the top score of the night and that Gary Busey would get the lowest score, but our odds were wrong on both counts. We did, however, correctly predict that no one would be eliminated on the first night of competition. Did you foresee this week’s results? Then make sure you’re making your predictions here at Gold Derby for a chance to win $100 every week if you qualify according to our contest rules.

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We weren’t completely out to lunch predicting the night’s top scorer. In fact, the top five on the judges’ leaderboard were also the top five in our racetrack odds, just in a different order. While we thought Carlos PenaVega would rule the night, he finished in third place with a score of 23 out of 30. Instead, tied with a top score of 24 were wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin (we ranked her fifth with 12/1 odds) and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter (we ranked him second with 10/3 odds).

It was much tougher predicting who would get the lowest score. A whopping 65% of us thought Busey would be on the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, giving him odds of 8/15, but while Busey indeed didn’t do very well (he only scored 15 out of 30), he didn’t struggle as much as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak Biermann, who scored 4s across the board from the judges for a paltry total of 12. Only 1% of users anticipated that result, giving her 100/1 odds.

None of our users predicted all three results on Monday night, but 10 tied with 67% accuracy by answering two out of three questions correctly: RicosMama, Lills50, GamerWithFluff, Brulash82, Vinny, Max, ETPhoneHome, Jed Reifer, Ain’t No Elitist and BRAN12. Of those, RicosMama had the highest points total when her bets were factored in. Click the chart below for this week’s complete prediction results and to see who each user predicted.

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That means RicosMama is now the user the rest of us have to beat as we continue predicting season 21 of ABC’s dance competition series. Now that we’ve had a chance to see the stars in action, have your opinions changed about who will win the season and who will go home next week in the season’s first elimination? Consult all the stars’ scores below when making your picks:

Nick Carter – 24
Bindi Irwin – 24
Tamar Braxton – 23
Carlos PenaVega – 23
Alexa PenaVega – 22
Alek Skarlatos – 22
Andy Grammer – 21
Hayes Grier – 21
Gary Busey – 15
Paula Deen – 15
Victor Espinoza – 15
Chaka Khan – 13
Kim Zolciac Biermann – 12

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Photos: Nick Carter and Bindi Irwin, “Dancing with the Stars.” Credit: ABC


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