Believe it or not, there was a time when predicting who'd go home on Dancing With the Stars was relatively easy. The show used to have frontrunners to win and frontrunners to leave. That's not happening on Season 15 All-Stars, which has had new leaders each week for the first three Performance Shows, and even when the same people are at the bottom it's not a given that they're going anywhere.
Week 1, Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus had the lowest scores and were eliminated. We took that as a sign that scores might dictate futures. But that wasn't the case on Week 2, when Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas had the lowest scores and it was the couple fourth from the bottom who went home. Couples toward the middle of the pack have been in the bottom two the past couple of weeks, so it's almost like having a low score is safer than doing OK but not great. Unless that ends tonight with the double elimination? Bristol and Mark got the lowest score again — a 22.5 out of 30 for their Paso Doble, a point and a half below Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who just seem to be cruising along on entertainment value — and Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.
Drew and Anna were in the bottom on Week 1, so it's possible they won't make it through tonight. They danced first last night, which hasn’t been a death knell so far this season, but it’s proven to be a rough spot in the past. Plus, their Cha-Cha-Cha was good but it was pretty quickly overtaken by some of the more memorable routines of the night. What could save them is the idea that they look like they’re in jeopardy, so that might’ve prompted a big fan push last night. Maybe more middle-of-the-pack folks like Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower will really be in danger. Helio and Chelsie were in the bottom last week and this week he tripped over her dress during their Quickstep, but they still landed at the center of the leaderboard. Will fans support them? What about the other three couples with a score of 25.5? (Way to be unoriginal, judges!) Could Gilles Marini, Sabrina Bryan or Apolo Anton Ohno be in trouble? What about Emmitt Smith a half a point below that group, with a score of 25 out of 30?
If we had to guess, we’d say Drew and Bristol will depart tonight. Bristol has survived many tests on this show, but maybe some voters felt she and Mark wouldn’t be up for more, after their little rehearsal fight. Then again, she has her Mom’s supporters on her side, along with Vote for the Worst, which is proudly supporting her again. And maybe some viewers felt she was underscored for her creative chessboard routine? If Bristol manages to survive again, we’d guess … Helio to go. Two champs in one night? Maybe. Or maybe not! Seriously, start flipping coins.
What do YOU think will happen? Who got your votes last night — and why? Share in the comments, if you care to!
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.
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