Dancing with the Stars
introduced a new twist this season with
the dance duels, forcing the bottom two couples to compete against each
other so the judges could decide who stays and who goes. It seems like
it was designed just to keep the "better" dancers around even if the
viewers don't like them.
Tonight the dance duels come to an end, but which two couples will compete? Let's look at the leaderboard from this week's Classical Night dances.57: Maria and Derek
54: Katherine and Mark
53: William and Cheryl
53: Donald and Peta
52: Roshon and Chelsie
51: Jaleel and Kym
47: Melissa and MaksimDEFINITELY SAFE
If there's one couple that doesn't need to sweat it out, it's Maria Menounos and Derek Hough. Not only did they score the season's first perfect 30 with their Paso Doble, but the vampire-themed dance was clearly the most memorable performance of the night.
The other three teams at the top of the leaderboard should also be safe. Katherine Jenkins, William Levy and Donald Driver have proven thesmevles as capable and talented and earned plenty of support.WHO'S IN TROUBLE?
That leaves the three bottom teams. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower may have been the MVPs of the Team Tango, but viewers clearly aren't fans of them, so I expect them to be in the bottom. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy might have fan support, but their dance was terrible and the low scores should put them in danger too. Jaleel White may be in danger, but I think his routine was memorable and powerful enough to keep him safe.
So this week looks particularly easy to predict. Roshon and Melissa will be the bottom two couples and, for the second time, the judges will save Roshon. Sorry Melissa, but you looked petrified for your entire dance, and the judges aren't the biggest fans of Maksim, so your time is up.
Of course it may not matter. The top four couples seem destined for the semifinals, so even if Melissa goes home this week, next week's double elimination should claim Roshon and Jaleel.
Who do you think is going home?(Image courtesy of ABC)