‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: Did you predict surprise ousters of Darion Flores, Lily Frias?

Did you correctly predict that Darion Flores (Team Stage) and Lily Frias (Team Street) would be the contestants sent home in the first eliminations on “So You Think You Can Dance“? Few of our users saw it coming, so if you did, you should be using your psychic prowess to make predictions here at Gold Derby for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate every week.

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Flores earned praise from judges last week for his challenging ballet performance with current season 12 frontrunner Jim Nowakowski, but his popular dance partner must have overshadowed him in the minds of viewers, who voted him into the bottom three. Neither Twitter fans nor the judges elected to save him, so Flores was sent home.

Our users were taken by surprise. Only 2% of us anticipated Flores’s ouster, ranking him ninth with 50/1 odds. We thought Alexia Meyer would be the one let go from Team Stage, but not only was she spared elimination, she wasn’t even in her team’s bottom three. Instead, Moises Parra and Derek Piquette joined Flores in the bottom three.

Frias’s ouster was less shocking, but still defied the odds. 6% of our users pegged her for elimination, placing her sixth with 16/1 odds. We predicted Eddie “Neptune” Eskridge would get the boot instead. He did land in the bottom three, along with Frias and Ariana Crowder, but Twitter saved him from the chopping block, and then the judges saved Crowder.

This week’s results were so tough to predict that only 24 users got any questions right at all. Of those, five users got two correct answers for a top score of 50%: Buffyfan89, Denton Davidson, John Benutty, RicosMama and Lills50.

Buffyfan89 finished with by far the highest points score (23,210, more than double second-place Davidson) by being the only one of the five to predict the two eliminations. He bet 200 points on Flores at 100/1 odds, which yielded a whopping 20,000-point payout. He bet another 200 points on Frias at 16/1 odds, which paid off with another 3,200 points.

If Buffyfan89 is eligible, as per our contest rules, he will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

So who do you think will go home next week? Will fans rally around Parra, Piquette, Crowder, and Neptune after their close brush with elimination this week? Or will they find themselves at risk yet again?

In our “So You Think You Can Dancepredictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:

Which STAGE dancer will be eliminated?

Which STREET dancer will be eliminated?

Which STAGE dancer will be in the bottom but safe?

Which STREET dancer will be in the bottom but safe?

Who will win ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?

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At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it’s beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.

Which dancers do you like (and dislike) the most? Are you on Team Stage or Team Street after the first night of live competition? Sound off in the comments section below, and join the discussion in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.


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