This week we had the team competition where each team of three got the same score. Now, while I think it is a marvelous thing to do, it has the effect of minimizing any large difference in scores for the individual dances.
The winners (Team Gaga) got 27 points each and the losers 24 each. Which meant, as an example, Pamela Anderson, who had the lowest individual score, gained 3 points on Evan who had a 30, and halved the difference between her and Nicole.
As a result, the couples' share of the judges' vote this week is very close:
Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough 17.4%
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya 17.4%
Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke 16.7%
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 16.4%
Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood 16.4%
Niecy Nash & Louis van Amstel 15.8%
Niecy needs 0.6 percentage points of the viewers' vote more than Pam or Erin to be safe. But she also needs only 2.6 points more than Evan/Nicole to be top!
Pamela has been in the bottom two a couple of times already so she is looking as the one most at risk, but Ido think there is a chance of an upset, if not a favorite going home, then one being in the bottom two.
We shall see!