When Dancing With The Stars 2016 resumes March 28 on ABC, one of the 12 celebrity/professional couples will fall victim to elimination after performing just two dances --a premiere night routine and a week two Latin Night offering-- for judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba. So who will be voted off DWTS first? Will it be Geraldo Rivera? Could it possibly be Nyle DiMarco? O could it be one of season 22's three NFL stars?

DWTS results, by the numbers

Naturally, the couples who placed at the bottom of the week one leaderboard needed more viewer votes to stay alive in the competition and avoid early Dancing with the Stars elimination.

This season, three pairs wound up trailing the rest of the pack by a significant margin entering week two. The unlucky trio includes:

  • TV personality Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska, 13 judges' points
  • Former NFL star Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff, 15 judges' points
  • The O.C. actress Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev, 16 judges' points

Although pairs who earn low point totals during premiere night have historically been voted off DWTS early in the competition --like last fall, when music legend Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe earned the second-fewest points during week one and were then eliminated first-- a strong March 28 performance by any of the couples could save them from getting the axe.

Danger at the top?

Although low-scorers are most vulnerable to DWTS elimination, those at the top aren't always shoo-ins for the next go-round, as Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan learned the hard way during the show's fifth season. So the trio of couples who tied for the top spot on the leaderboard last week with identical 23-point totals--America's Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, Boyz II Men star Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold, and Good Morning America weather anchor Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy-- aren't necessarily safe.

In fact, any or all of them could find themselves under the glare of the red lights if fans assumed their safety and didn't vote last week.

Safety in the middle?

The remaining six contestants and their pro partners placed in the middle of the pack with scores of either 20 or 21 points. Couples who notched a 21included NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess, Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Witney Carson, actress Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani, and mixed martial artist Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas.

Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin and Sasha Farber, and The Facts of Life alum Kim Fields and Sasha Farber earned 20 points each.

Given her association with polarizing GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump coupled with her status as a lesser-known celeb, Maples could well find herself voted off DWTS on March 28.

To see how it all pans out, tune in to Dancing with the Stars 2016 when it continues Monday night, and be sure to catch the decisive show-closing elimination.

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