Is it a two-person race on “Dancing with the Stars” this season? It all depends on whether or not you judge the contenders by the scoring of the judges, or by the perception of who is getting the most votes.
With that, we have what may be our most complicated rankings related to the show yet.
7. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower (last week: #7) – They are the only couple left with two appearances in the bottom two — and despite the fact that Roshon is a talented dancer, he is suffering from the same issue that many young contestants have in trying too hard, and not letting the emotion of the dance come naturally. Add to this a small fanbase, and he’s in trouble.
6. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (last week: #6) – Despite the fact that she and Maks have yet to land in the bottom two, Melissa has yet to have a breakout performance like any of the five above her on this list. If she doesn’t pull out at least a 9 soon, we see her being sent home possibly in a dance duel — and if she lasts beyond that, her scores could end up dooming her.
5. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson (last week: #8) – We like being proven wrong, and Jaleel showed this past week that there is still some fight left in him this season. Not only that, but he seemed to actually find the sense of fun that he had early in the competition before the tabloids started to way him down and the relationship he had with his partner was put into question.
4. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (last week: #4) – These two four are so good, we could see any of them winning depending on a few good routines. For Maria and Derek, the challenge is simply going to be continuing to keep the energy high, and possibly make up for the fact that she may not have an enormous voting block.
3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd (last week: #2) – Despite the fact that he may have the largest overall fanbase, the judges seem less keen on giving Donald 10s than they do with Katherine or with William. Unless that changes, he will have his work cut out for him in the later rounds.
2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke (last week: #1) – We’re constantly torn on William, mostly because we can’t figure out if he is as great a dancer as Katherine, even though he is given the same scores often. We also still call shenanigans on the fact that ABC has still yet to put the Latin superstar into the first half of the show when viewer support can be weaker.
1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (last week: #3) – We recognize that Katherine may not be the most-popular star overall when it comes to voting, but shouldn’t the best overall dancer actually win this competition? She’s only had one so-so week all season, and she also does not appear to have any major weakness on the floor. If she keeps this up, she could be as fantastic a dancer as she is a singer.
Who do you think is at risk of going home this coming week? As always, we want to hear from you below! Also, check back Monday night for our full review of the dancing, the drama, and Bruno Tonioli’s critique confessionals and elaborate hand gestures.