When “Dancing with the Stars” began its 27th season R&B singer Tinashe was the odds-on favorite to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, and in the first four weeks of the competition she was always either first or second on the judges’ leaderboard. But she was shockingly eliminated on Trios Night, and in her absence our users have turned to Milo Manheim as the new front-runner to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. At age 17 he would be the youngest man ever to do so.
In the past 26 seasons three women have prevailed as teenagers: 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez (season 23) and 17-year-old Shawn Johnson (season 8) and Bindi Irwin (season 21). But there have been no male winners under the age of 20. To date the youngest man to win the Mirror Ball was Jordan Fisher, who prevailed in season 25 when he was 23.
But even with Tinashe out of the way, Manheim still has to get past Juan Pablo Di Pace. The week before Tinashe’s sudden ouster Di Pace had already taken the lead in our predictions thanks to his Most Memorable Year samba, for which he received the first perfect score of the season. Seeing those scores brought out Manheim’s competitive side — he wanted 10s too, gosh darn it!
Manheim got his wish with his Trios Night salsa with his partner Witney Carson and special guest Riker Lynch (season 20 runner-up), for which he received 10s from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, and a 9 from Len Goodman, giving him the top score on the leaderboard. That same night Di Pace had a less-than-stellar cha cha for which he only received 8s. So now it looks like we’ve got a real horse race.
As of this writing Manheim leads our predictions with odds of 17/5 based on the combined predictions of Gold Derby users. But Di Pace is still right on his heels with odds of 37/10. So if Manheim wants to make history as the youngest Mirror Ball champ ever, he’ll need to keep it up with those 10 scores.
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