The competition has officially begun on Season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars,” but one team will be forced to hang up their dancing shoes and say goodbye to the competition after week two’s performances come to an end.
The second week of competition is set for the 15 teams aiming to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy, and after the first week of competition, it’s clear the newly expanded judges’ panel isn’t going to take it easy on the celebs giving it their best try.
However, while some stars, like Jojo Siwa and Jenna Johnson, Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten and Sunisa Lee and Sasha Farber, who were the top three on the leader board of the ABC show seem more likely to make it through to the next week, some seem more likely than others to be destined to say goodbye after just two weeks of competition. Three teams, in particular, seem to have fates that seem less certain when it comes to making it much further.
While scores for week 2 and viewer votes will still need to be factored in prior to the first elimination and could change things, there are definite signs which seem to suggest that one of these pairs may be cha cha cha’ing their way out of the ballroom.
After scoring only 21 points for his Jive, former NBA star Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach (#TeamDanIman) could see themselves saying goodbye to the ballroom if they don’t improve greatly on their Rumba. However, while their score kept them at second from the bottom on the judges’ leader board, they could still be saved another week thanks to the fact that other teams still did worse than they did—and in the case of the other team potentially looking at elimination, Iman has a strong fan base.
Despite doing better than Iman and scoring 22 points on his tango, Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater (#TeamJemma) could find themselves more at risk of elimination due to one simple fact—Jimmie’s fan base isn’t quite as large or as strong as Iman’s, which consists of both basketball and reality TV fans. However, while he doesn’t have as strong a base, it doesn’t mean he can’t continue on—fellow country singers Jana Kramer and Lauren Alaina both managed to make it far on their respective seasons of the show. In addition, he and Iman both have one larger advantage over the team that is most likely to be eliminated.
Unfortunately, despite being super likable and having a newer pro partner who brings fresher choreography to the stage, it seems likely that Martin Kove and Britt Stewart will likely be the first ones to say goodbye. While low scores aren’t necessarily something that forces a person out of the competition (Joe Amabile and Sean Spicer were both prime examples during their seasons of how strong fanbases could propel the worst dancers far into the competition), Martin’s Paso Doble only scored 13 points from the judges—which is miles behind the other teams. The next two lowest scores were Iman and Jimmie, who were a solid 8 and 9 points ahead. A large chunk of the competing celebs went 14 points or higher ahead of Martin. It doesn’t bode well for him when the totals are all factored together unless his fans truly pull out all the stops to get him through.
“Dancing With the Stars” will air on Monday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.
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