We’ve arrived at the tail end of the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). The weakest contestants have been weeded out and voted off, leaving no free rides for the remaining six couples.
Week 8 was Viewers’ Choice Night, meaning the contestants had to be ready for anything. During the first half of the show, the stars danced tributes to their favorite icons. This was followed by a head-to-head dance off, the winners of which were determined by real-time voting from viewers. Some couples turned up the heat, while others were a hot mess on the dance floor. In the end, Andy and Allison were voted off, but not without busting out the worm first.
Who has the best odds in winning DWTS Season 21? We made pretty accurate predictions earlier this season (our top six couples are all still in the running). It’s time we reset the odds.
Bindi Irwin (with Derek Hough): 1/1 (Up from 5/1)
Bindi and Derek are in a class of their own, and the ones to beat with three weeks left in the competition. They managed a perfect score for their Dirty Dancing-inspired rumba during Famous Dances Week. The Week 8 dance-off also revealed that the pair commands a sizeable chunk of the popular vote. Audiences are in love with the Aussie’s bubbly personality and positive energy. Nobody puts Bindi in the corner!
Nick Carter (with Sharna Burgess): 5/1 (Down from 4/1)
The Backstreet Boy may have had a breakthrough in Week 8 with his emotional contemporary routine, but his on-air baby announcement was cheesy, even by boy band standards. Nick and Sharna did score immunity for the performance last week, though, which means they’ll have the momentum going into the final stretch. Let’s also not forget Nick’s ability to rally fangirls to his cause.
Tamar Braxton (with Valentin Chmerkovskiy): 8/1 (Down from 6/1)
There’s no denying Tamar’s a great dancer and a fierce competitor. Her flawless jazz number in Week 6 earned her a perfect score with the judges. Audiences, however, aren’t in love with her attitude, which could signal trouble in the weeks to come. She needs to connect with fans quickly if she hopes to muster enough votes to stick around.
Alexa PenaVega (with Mark Ballas): 9/1 (Down from 6/1)
Alexa has clearly won the battle of the PenaVegas, but her dancing has been inconsistent throughout the season. Some days she’s off, other days she’s turning on the heat. If Alexa doesn’t find a steady rhythm soon, her days on the show are numbered. She may have an ace up her sleeve in her partner Mark Ballas, who has his own legion of fans.
Alek Skarlatos (with Lindsay Arnold): 10/1 (Down from 8/1)
It seems Alek can’t catch a break. Our American hero continues to receive lukewarm reactions from the judges. His inexperience as a dancer is starting to show, and a trip to the semifinals is very unlikely for our favorite soldier. Audiences, however, are showing up and keeping Alek alive. Everyone loves a good underdog story.
Carlos PenaVega (with Witney Carson): 50/1 (Down from 10/1)
In a sea of talented dancers, Carlos PenaVega is having a tough time standing out. He can hold his own on the dancefloor, but unlike his competitors, Carlos’ technique falls flat. He’s resorting to flashy gimmicks to try to win votes. Dancing shirtless can only get you so far in DWTS.
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