“I definitely have [Jordan Fisher] out front. He really seems almost unbeatable at this point,” says Jeffrey Kare when we discussed who could win the Mirror Ball Trophy when “Dancing with the Stars” ends its 25th season next week on November 21. But “the more he continues doing well, the more he could possibly become a target, but I have him winning in first-place right now, and I’ve also just placed my super bet on it.” Watch our discussion above.
Every once in a while a “DWTS” contestant starts as a frontrunner, but peaks too soon and falls unexpectedly short, like gymnasts Nastia Liukin (season 20) and Simone Biles (season 24) in recent years. If Fisher starts to look too much like an inevitability then there could be backlash from viewers and maybe even the judges, who want to give another contestant a moment in the spotlight. But other times a frontrunner takes the lead and just stays there, like Bindi Irwin (season 21) and Laurie Hernandez (season 23), who started strong and stayed that way to the very end of their seasons.
So can Lindsey Stirling, Frankie Muniz, or Drew Scott still hope to pull off an upset at this point? “They only have two more [dances] to win the judges over completely, and after that it’s done,” says Kare. Stirling might have the best chance to overtake Fisher since she has outscored him before more than once, but even if she doesn’t get higher scores in the finals, “that may lead to her fans wanting to vote for her more,” according to Kare. Stirling has a powerful online fan base thanks to her unique music videos as a violinist.
Then there’s Muniz. “He’s been doing really great work,” Kare explains. “I think of the other two he is the one who has a better shot at being a dark horse … when it comes down to the final two or three.” But Kare doesn’t think Scott has much of a chance at all: “I don’t think so, unless he ends up being the David Ross of this season. I was surprised that he did not get eliminated this week and made it this far to the finals.” But you can never say never on “DWTS,” so Kare warns, “I guess we should be cautious of him where he could potentially make it to the final two.”
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