Violinist Lindsey Stirling and musical theater actor Jordan Fisher have been neck-and-neck all season on “Dancing with the Stars,” occupying the top two spots in our Mirror Ball Trophy predictions from the very beginning of the season. They’ve been trading the frontrunner spot back and forth from week to week, but this week, going into “Disney Night,” Stirling has the lead even though Fisher had last week’s highest-scoring routine.
As of this writing Stirling gets leading 1/1 odds, which translates to a 50% chance of winning the competition. She maintains her position even though she finished third on the judges’ leaderboard for her deeply emotional waltz dedicated to her late father, who recently died of cancer. Stirling received an 8 and two 9s for her performance, which was surprisingly lower than the score she received the previous week for her “Guilty Pleasures” jive.
Fisher, meanwhile, picked up a 9 and two 10s (:total: 29 out of 30) for his contemporary dance dedicated to his grandparents, who adopted him in 2005. But while Fisher hasn’t managed to move back into first place in our odds, he has narrowed the gap between himself and Stirling. He currently gets 7/4 odds, or a 36% chance of victory. That’s a significant improvement from last week, when he had odds of 5/2 (28% chance of winning).
While Stirling and Fisher continue to command the competition, Paralympian Victoria Arlen maintains her third-place position with 18/1 odds, or a 5% chance of victory. She outscored Stirling last week with an foxtrot that celebrated her recovery from illness, receiving straight 9s for a total of 27 out of 30. But she still has a lot of ground to cover if she wants to catch the frontrunners.
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