'Dancing with the Stars' Season 16 finale: Winner predictions and technical difficulties

dancing-with-the-stars-season-16-finalists-kellie-zendaya-aly-jacoby-abc.jpgOn Tuesday night, viewers will find out who will be the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 16 champion. It really could be anyone -- Kellie Pickler, Zendaya, Aly Raisman and Jacoby Jones all have a shot at that Mirror Ball. So who will it be?

And did fans really get the chance to vote legitimately after the ABC.com voting page went down?


Who will win "DWTS" Season 16?

Usually, there is at least one finalist on "Dancing with the Stars" who can't or who shouldn't win. That's not exactly the case in Season 16. Some of the dancers are more likely than others to win, but anyone is a possibility.

Most likely to win: Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough

Throughout the whole season, Kellie and Derek have been consistently good. The pair has never had a truly bad week -- when your one misstep is Len not liking the dance, you know things are good. In the finale performances on Monday, the two had a truly remarkable freestyle and a strong quickstep. Only a second-place finish in the cha-cha relay put the couple behind in points.

Second most likely to win: Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy

If this competition really were purely about dancing skill and style, there's no way that Zendaya wouldn't be the celebrity champion. She's kind of amazing, after all. Add in a finale in which Zendaya and Val got every single point available, and this is a couple to beat.

Unfortunately, Zendaya is a Disney kid. Even if she's one of the more prominent and promising ones, it's a big barrier to overcome. Zendaya might do it. She definitely has the skill and charm.

The others -- Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff

As mentioned before, anyone could win. But that doesn't mean Aly and Jacoby aren't long-shots. Aly and Mark have the better chance, having danced exceptionally well in the finale. Jacoby and Karina will have more trouble, considering their scores. On the other hand, Jacoby has more charisma than any one person should be allowed.

Nothing is certain, but these are the predictions we have:

1. Kellie and Derek
2. Zendaya and Val
3. Aly and Mark
4. Jacoby and Karina


Technical difficulties

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who was paying attention during Monday's "DWTS" show that some of the voting was experiencing technical difficulties. The problem was over at ABC.com's site, where voters weren't able to log their votes.

Tom Bergeron mentioned the issue during the telecast, urging fans to vote in other ways. And then the official "DWTS" Twitter account followed up with the same warning.

Will this affect the results in any meaningful way? The answer is probably no, unless one of the contestants was getting most of his or her votes via the show site. Otherwise, everyone will lose a few votes in roughly equal numbers.

At least the show was able to give a warning!



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