Dancing with the Stars
has said goodbye to NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and fan favorite Bill Nye
this season, and now it's time for a third couple to go. The fourth
week of season 17 will also feature the arrival of Julianne Hough as a
guest judge, replacing cranky Len Goodman. Will this be good news for
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Based on the scores, there's really only one person who should be in danger: Valerie Harper. The inspirational woman has the lowest scores of the 10 remaining couples, but her personal story of struggle and survival has also made her someone who will undoubtedly get plenty of viewer votes no matter how poorly she dances.
Making it more difficult for her is how strongly the other stars are performing. Last week, nine couples scored a 24 or higher, with Jack Osbourne's 22 the closest score to Valerie's 16. With such a sizeable gap, getting enough votes to save her may be quite difficult, assuming the scores remain roughly similar in week 4.
So with all of that in mind, here are my top three picks for which couple will be eliminated in week 4 of Dancing with the Stars
season 17.Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus
As I wrote, her score will undoubtedly be the lowest by a considerable margin. While I admire her courage and perseverance, she just can't keep up with the others and seems to be getting worse as the season progresses. It's been an inspiring run, but I think she's had her moment in the spotlight and it's time for her to pave the way for the real competition to begin.Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Even though they've been doing quite well with the judges, I'm not sure Snooki has the right appeal for the people voting for this show. The fact that she has a new partner won't help (the first two couples to be eliminated included some of the newest pro partners).Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
Though I am constantly impressed by his dancing prowess and these two have definitely earned some fans, I still think the fact that Emma is a new pro and the fact that they are the couple most likely to give a bad performance and get some low scores puts them in jeopardy. It's hard to excel since they're one of the only couples who have yet to receive a single 9 from the judges (Valerie, Jack Osbourne and Leah Remini are the only others).My Predictions
I predict Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus will be eliminated
. I'm two-for-two this season (though last week I thought Bill Nye would withdraw instead of getting eliminated regularly). I feel like the massive difference in the scores will be too much for Valerie's personal story of triumph to overcome. The rigorous rehearsal schedule also seems to be taking its toll on her, and I hope some viewers will realize that, because eliminating her truly might be the kindest thing to do.
She's had a remarkable run and inspired millions with her courage, but she's easily the worst dancer by a very wide margin. This season has so much talent that keeping her around is more of a distraction than a serious competitive threat.
Find out who will go home and how Julianne Hough will do as a judge on Dancing with the Stars
, Monday at 8pm on ABC.
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