‘Dancing with the Stars’ slugfest: Will the purge of women reach a historic milestone? [WATCH]

The women are dropping like flies on “Dancing with the Stars,” and it’s about to reach historic proportions. In Gold Derby’s latest slugfest to discuss Trios NightJoyce Eng notes, “I looked back and the only other time there have been four straight weeks of the same gender being eliminated was season 23 when it was four straight guys in the beginning, but there has never been five straight eliminations of the same gender. It could break a record next week … We could totally have a top six of just guys.” Eng was joined by Daniel Montgomery, Cordell Martin and Jeffrey Kare to discuss that dubious milestone and more. Watch above.

The first three contestants sent home from the show this season were comedian Nikki Glaser, Paralympian Danelle Umstead and actress Nancy McKeon. It looked like “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider or “Bachelorette” alum Joe Amabile would be ousted next, based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s users, but instead we got the first truly shocking elimination of the season: R&B singer Tinashe got the boot even though she never finished lower than second-place on the judges’ leaderboard. That’s four female celebs in a row, and there are only three left: “Harry Potter” actress Evanna Lynch, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, and Instagram model Alexis Ren.

As Eng pointed out, the last time one gender had this kind of run of eliminations in the early weeks was season 23, when Jake T. Austin, Rick Perry, Babyface and Vanilla Ice were sent home in that order. And as much as Kare would like to finally see an elimination of Amabile, who has gotten the lowest judges’ score every single week thus far, he “could see it being Alexis or maybe Mary Lou depending on how much backlash there is against the women.”

But Kare also thinks Schneider might be the first man sent home, and so does Montgomery: “I’m actually predicting John to be eliminated,” he explains, and it’s because this week Schneider didn’t have the benefit of a deeply emotional clip package as he did on Most Memorable Year Night, when he paid tribute to his late mother. That likely helped him appeal to fans voting at home, but “this week he didn’t really have that, and he had kind of mediocre scores.” So perhaps the purge of female celebs will finally end after all.

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