By Katie Murray

This season of Dancing with the Stars, the celebrities have outdone themselves with each performance. The bar was already set high by several standout performances in week one. Now, as we approach week four, there are five couples that are clear front runners for the season 27 Mirrorball Trophy! Here’s the rundown:

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1. #TeamChernando

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke are too hot to handle! Their week three samba performance was scored a perfect 30/30–the first of the season! Di Pace executes every movement with purpose and precision, so it’s no wonder these two have been one of the highest scoring couples of the season so far. If they continue on this path, the trophy is theirs for the taking!

 

2. #TeamFiresandFlames

I think we all expected this team to be great from the jump. Tinashe’s entire career involves her putting on a show, and that’s what she’s done every single week! Not to mention we can’t even tell that this is only Brandon Armstrong’s first season as a pro. One thing this team has that others seem to lack is confidence. These two don’t have to count through their movements in a routine or look like they’re thinking about the choreography too hard, which makes watching them dance much more enjoyable! As long as Tinashe and Armstrong keep up the pace, they have a strong chance at becoming this season’s champions.

 

3. #TeamWitlo

Milo Manheim may be the youngest contestant on this season of DWTS, but he and Witney Carson have surprised the judges each week. The judges have criticized Manheim for his form during several performances, but their high scores prove that they have what it takes to stay in the running for the Mirrorball Trophy. Each week, Manheim has refined his movements and taken in the judges’ critiques, and if he keeps it up he will be a serious contender for this year’s title!

 

4. #TeamWaresOurMirrorBall

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold WOWed with their week one Cha Cha routine! Ware’s professional football career clearly hasn’t hindered his dancing abilities whatsoever; in fact, you could say his football history has made him that much better of a dancer! He proved his versatility when he performed a more serious tango routine in week three. It’s clear Ware has been taking in the judges’ feedback and slowly but surely he’s perfecting his movements. On the field and on the ballroom floor, he is a true performer and this alone will take him far this season. Ware already has the the title of 2016 Super Bowl Champion, but at this rate he could also be named DWTS season 27 Champion!

 

5. #TeamKevanna

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe are a bit of a dark horse and have been creeping their way up in the competition. Week after week, Lynch has shown improvement in her dancing abilities and her presence on stage. Although this couple hasn’t received the highest scores in every routine, they have undeniable potential. If Lynch can continue to come out of her shell and shine on stage, these two might be in the competition for the long haul!


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Katie Murray is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University majoring in Communication Studies with a focus in Media and minoring in Dance. Outside of dance team practice and class, she enjoys drawing, listening to Beyoncé and walking her dog.