‘Dancing with the Stars’: Did you predict ‘Latin Night’ elimination or surprise high score?

How did you do predicting Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars”? Week six was “Latin Night,” and some of the results took our predictions contest entrants by surprise, especially the coup at the top of the leaderboard. What did you think of the results?

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Last week was a non-elimination round, so those scores were combined with viewer votes to determine tonight’s ouster. That was one result our predictions got right: Model and actress Amber Rose was sent home after finishing on the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard last week. There was actually a four-way tie for last place on “Most Memorable Year” night: Rose, Maureen McCormick, Calvin Johnson, and Ryan Lochte all got straight eights that evening, for a total of 24 out of 30. But it turns out Rose had the least viewer support among those four, so she was sent home.

Most of our contest entrants correctly predicted that outcome. Rose had leading 4/5 odds of going home. We were also right that she would get the lowest score of the night (1/1 odds). Her cha cha with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was a step down from her strong performances in the last two weeks, when she received eights. Tonight she only scored sevens from Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and guest judge Pitbull, for a total of 28 out of 40.

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But we were all taken by surprise by the night’s highest scorer. We thought it would be Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who had been on top three times before. She had 4/11 odds, followed by last week’s number-one dancer James Hinchcliffe (11/2 odds), week-three leader Johnson (14/1 odds) and frequent standout performers Marilu Henner (33/1 odds) and Terra Jole (80/1 odds). But none of them got the top spot on “Latin Night.”

Instead, singer and actress Jana Kramer came out of nowhere from 100/1 odds to outscore the competition. Her Argentine tango with partner Gleb Savchenko may have been one of the most provocative in the show’s history — it started in a bed and ended in a shower. But it wasn’t only sexy, it was also technically outstanding, earning her 10s across the board for a total of 40. That’s only the second perfect score of the season following Hernandez’s Michael Jackson-inspired jazz routine on “Cirque du Soleil Night.”

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Kramer’s stellar routine also helped blow our last prediction out of the water. We had expected the judges to give between one and four 10s (4/7 odds), but Kramer got four 10s all by herself, and the judges gave two more to Hinchcliffe and one apiece to Hernandez and Johnson. That’s eight total, so if you predicted the judges would give five to nine perfect scores (10/3 odds), you got a big leg up on the rest of our contest entrants.

Our predictions center is open so you can start betting on next week’s “DWTS”: “Eras Night,” which will feature dances inspired by iconic decades of music and dance. Refer to the judges’ scores below before making your picks:

Jana Kramer – 40
James Hinchcliffe – 38
Laurie Hernandez – 37
Calvin Johnson – 37
Marilu Henner – 34
Maureen McCormick – 31
Terra Jole – 30
Ryan Lochte – 30
Amber Rose – 28 (ELIMINATED)

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Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “Dancing with the Stars” in our reality TV forum.

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