The time has come to say goodbye to one of the 13 Season 23 duos on “Dancing With the Stars.” Following Monday’s episode, the cast will head into their first two-hour elimination show. With just one performance complete it’s anyone’s guess who will be sent home on Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped speculation.
Scores from the Season 23 premiere were low — no team was awarded a perfect score and few were able to break 30 points. At present, Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy, who were thought to be a team to watch out for before they even hit the ballroom, and James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess are the highest scoring teams. Each scored 31 out of 40 for their cha cha routines. Not far behind are Marilu Henner and Derek Hough; Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko; Calvin Jonson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold; and Kenny “Babyface Edmonds” and partner Allison Holker. The lowest score awarded was 20 out of 40, which went to Gov. Rick Perry and Emma Slater.
The teams will have one final chance to dance their way into the hearts of fans and “DWTS” judges on Monday before the elimination episode. Here are our best guesses on which teams are most likely to be sent home first:
Gov. Rick Perry and Emma Slater:
Not only was this team the lowest scoring in the “DWTS” Season 23 premiere, but they had some serious coordination issues. Emma did her best to bring some country flavor to their cha cha routine, playing up Rick’s Texas roots and lack of dancing ability. Still, their routine fell flat with judges and fans tuning in. As such, we’re speculating that their time in the “DWTS” ballroom will be short lived.
Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson:
If only “DWTS” were decided by levels of cuteness! Former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Jake T. Austin and partner Jenna Johnson — a first time pro — are among the youngest and most vibrant members of the Season 23 cast. Their cha cha routine on Sept. 12, however, was less than impressive and featured several technical errors. They were the second lowest scoring team on the episode and, barring major improvements in Monday’s episode, we fear they may not last long on “DWTS.”
Maureen McCormick and Arkem Chigvintsev:
Maureen McCormick was undoubtedly one of the most grateful “DWTS” contestants ever during the Season 23 premiere, repeatedly expressing her excitement about the opportunity. Unfortunately that did not translate into her dancing. The former “Brady Bunch” actress and her pro-partner scored an underwhelming 22 out of 40, leaving them in the danger zone ahead of elimination.
Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:
These two have a lot of catching up to do if they hope to make it to the end of “DWTS” Season 23. Many believed Amber Rose, who has repeatedly shown her rhythmic abilities on Instagram, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy would prove to be an impressive pair, but the mother-of-one appeared out of her comfort zone in the premiere, which negatively affected their performance. Judges awarded them a 24 out of 40, tying them with Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke and putting them on the border of safety and elimination on Tuesday’s episode.
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson:
Although their first dance was an impressive callback to Vanilla Ice’s once thriving rap career, it lacked enough cha cha-ing for the judges and was teetering on the edge of overly kitschy. With no more nostalgic songs to lean on and a lack of training on Vanilla Ice’s part, it seems likely the pair may face elimination before long.
While there is no way to know for sure, we believe that the rest of the cast is safe from being sent home — at least, for now. “DWTS” Season 23, episode 2 airs Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. The elimination episode airs the following day at the same time.