The end is near for the final four pairs on Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars.” On Tuesday, viewers will learn which dancing duo will be taking home the Mirror Ball trophy after 11 weeks of competition. Before the victors can be crowned, they’ll have to make it through one final elimination round Moday night on ABC.
At present, Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy; James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess; Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold; and Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko are the final four teams competing for the win in Season 23 of “DWTS.”
Laurie is, and has been, our favorite to win since early in the show, but the competition is certainly stiff. Each of the final four partners was awarded at least one perfect score during Week 10, during which they were asked to perform two dances. Laurie and Val were the only pair still on “DWTS” to score 30 out of 30 for both dances.
The final four have been performing at this pace for several weeks. In Week 9, each duo was again asked to perform two dances — the first was an individual routine and the second a dance with another Season 23 couple. Again Laurie and Val came out on top, with two perfect scores. Calvin and Lindsay weren’t far behind with a 37 out of 40 for their individual dance and their team effort with James and Jenna Johnson (Sharna’s temporary fill in). James and Jenna scored 36 out of 40 for their individual dance. Jana and Gleb anchored the high scores with just 36 out of 40 for their individual dance. They were then paired with Laurie and Val.
With so much talent remaining and significant improvements made by each of the remaining dancers, it’s anyone’s guess who will make it to the 2016 finals. Here are our best guesses:
Laurie Hernandez And Val Chmerkovskiy:
Team Valaur has surpassed viewer expectations in Season 23 of “DWTS.” Not only have they received more than five perfect scores, they have shown tremendous growth from their first dance. Their high scores from the judges, favorability among fans, undeniably adorable brother-sister chemistry and raw talent should easily carry them into the finale.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess:
Although we initially wrote Team Stop and Go off, Sharna’s excellent teaching and James’ dedication to learning the steps has brought them a long way since Week 1. They’ve spent much of Season 23 trading leaderboard positions with Laurie and Val and Jana a Gleb and we’re almost certain “DWTS” fans will be seeing this duo in the finale.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko:
Between their chemistry, their exceptional routines and their high scores among judges and fans, Team Glamer is essentially unstoppable. If they can maintain this trajectory, they absolutely stand a chance of making it to the “DWTS” Season 23 finale.
Although Calvin and Lindsay have put up a good fight, we’re not sure it’s enough to guarantee them a spot in the Season 23 finale. The former Detroit Lions player has come a long way from Week 1, during which he revealed that many close to him thought he lacked rhythm. The pair have pulled out some majorly impressive routines, but have the most room for improvement of the four remaining pairs.
To find out for sure who will be in the “DWTS” Season 23 final three, tune into ABC at 8 p.m. EST on Monday. Be sure to catch the finale on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.