‘Dancing with the Stars 23’ results preview: Could Ryan Lochte, Jana Kramer, or Maureen McCormick be eliminated?

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One of the fun things about where we are right now in “Dancing with the Stars” is that there is no consensus pick to be eliminated. With people like Rick Perry and to a certain extent Vanilla Ice, it was a little more obvious. Here, we cannot say for sure if anyone in our “bottom tier” of performers is really safe: Amber Rose, Ryan Lochte, Jana Kramer, Maureen McCormick, and Marilu Henner.

It feels wrong in some ways to call that a “bottom tier” given that they all have talent, but their scores tend to fluctuate and we feel like their relative popularity is about the same. Of the five, we’d say going into tonight that Marilu, coming off of good scores, is probably the most safe. Meanwhile, Amber’s improvement coupled with Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s recent announcement that he is not returning next season could lead to her getting a reprieve in the results, as well.

This leaves us with Ryan, Jana, and Maureen as the contenders to go home, and we honestly wouldn’t be shocked if any of them were to go. Our personal preference would be that tonight marks the conclusion of the Lochte experiment. Before you ask and/or wonder, it’s not because of anything that he did over the summer. We just feel at the moment that Ryan is the person who’s bringing the least of the three in terms of storytelling and entertainment. We’re not counting what happened to him in the premiere as “entertainment” because it wasn’t funny and was really kind of scary.

Ultimately, though, it’ll be sad to see anyone go given that we don’t think anyone is a misery on the show, and nobody left is a terrible dancer either. So long as there is this sort of parity on “Dancing with the Stars” the next few weeks, we’ll be happy. Sure, Laurie Hernandez is almost sure to win the season, but we’ll enjoy the competition while we can.

If you’re interested in seeing where we rank the current “Dancing with the Stars” competitors at present, be sure to head over here. (Photo: ABC.)

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