We’re just a few weeks away from Dancing With the Stars crowning their Season 30 champion, but who’s going to take home the Mirrorball Trophy?
While the reality dance show has always been competitive, Season 30 feels especially up in the air. In fact, any of the remaining six couples could be crowned champions when it’s all said and done.
But who has the best shot? And who’s most likely to go home next? Following last night’s quarterfinals episode, here’s the current DWTS power ranking:
6. Suni Lee and Sasha Farber
Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee and her partner, Sasha Farber, were the first couple to be called safe last night, but I don’t think that means she’s making it to the final.
Suni is a great dance, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t know if she’s fully connected with the DWTS audience. Not to mention, she’s already been in the bottom two once before.
In my opinion, it’s going to take a perfect semi-finals night to get her into the final. Otherwise, I think she’s the next to go.
5. Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke
Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby has been playing catch-up in recent weeks after he and his partner, Cheryl Burke, caught COVID earlier this season.
While they could still “compete” after testing positive, they were forced to do their routines remotely and separately. This affected the quality of their performance and prevented them from truly connecting with the audience.
Cody’s personality shines through in every single one of his performances, but I don’t know that any of his performances have been truly memorable. He has the skills to get himself in the final, but he will have to wow the judges and America to get the votes.
4. Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev
The Office alum Melora Hardin and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, found themselves in the bottom two this week, despite having some of the best scores of the evening. Unfortunately, this means she’s just not getting the fan votes necessary to keep her safe.
While her being in the bottom two may shake her fan base up for next week, it’s clear it’s going to take a perfect night from the judges to get her into the finals.
3. Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach
Unlike most of these couples on this list, former NBA star Iman Shumpert has zero problems getting fan votes. However, while his performances are always memorable, he clearly isn’t as skilled a dancer as everyone else in the semis.
But guess what, that doesn’t matter when you have the fans on your side!
Iman is such a fantastic performer and his partner, Daniella Karagach, is an incredible choreographer; he doesn’t have to be technically perfect to continue on in the competition.
If he can get relatively high scores during next week’s semi-finals, I don’t see why he won’t be in the finals. In fact, he’s my dark horse pick to win the whole thing!
2. JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson
Here’s the thing about teen star JoJo Siwa — she could either win the whole thing or be eliminated next week and I wouldn’t be surprised. She has the skill to take it all the way (she was on Dance Moms, after all), but it’s very difficult for teens to be successful on DWTS.
Plus, she was in the bottom two not too long ago! While JoJo’s appearance on the show has been questioned from the start due to her obvious dance background, it would be cool to see a same-sex pairing win the show.
If she can rally her millions of Instagram followers to vote for her, she’ll end up victorious.
1. Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten
Every person in the semi-finals has been in the bottom two at least once, besides Iman and — you guessed it — The Talk host Amanda Kloots.
And listen, Amanda is the total package. Not only is she a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway star (which means she can dance), but she has been incredibly open about losing her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, to COVID last year. Plus, she has an infectious personality and is incredibly easy to root for.
Though she may not be as fun to watch as Iman or have JoJo’s fanbase, she does seem to connect with the traditional DWTS viewer.
And, as someone who has watched countless seasons of DWTS, that’s exactly what you need to take home the Mirrorball Trophy.