Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas, and Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson vie for the Mirrorball Trophy on the season 25 DWTS finale Tuesday

By Patrick Gomez
November 21, 2017 03:04 PM
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PEOPLE senior writer (and resident Dancing with the Stars season 25 expert) Patrick Gomez predicts who will take home the Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night:

Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars is coming to an end and just three couples are left vying for the Mirrorball Trophy.

“Look at the talent in the final three — so much talent,” says Property Brothers star Drew Scott, who was eliminated with his pro partner Emma Slater on the performance finale Monday.

As for who will win Tuesday night, Scott says, “They’re all so different. You never know with this show. It could go any way.”

But that doesn’t mean fans can’t speculate. So in anticipation for the big finale Tuesday, PEOPLE gives a rundown of the strengths and weaknesses of each remaining couple and predicts who will be crowned the champion.

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Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Fisher has been a front-runner since the premiere of season 25. In week 1, he was getting heaps of praise from the judges and skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard.

There is no denying that Fisher, 23, is the best dancer left in the competition, but the former Hamilton and Grease Live! star’s dance experience could actually be what costs him the Mirrorball. Longtime fans of the show are often reticent to vote for a star they perceive to have an advantage.

That said, Fisher has faced his share of adversity in the past few weeks with his eye injury and Arnold’s knee injury.

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Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Muniz has been dubbed the “underdog” of the finals, but, frankly, he’s turned into an incredibly talented dancer.

The former Malcom in the Middle star, 31, began the season with little to no confidence that he’d even make it through week 1, but the actor surprised the judges even then with his grace and enthusiasm.

Week after week, his morale improved, and by halfway through the season, it was clear Muniz would make it to the finals (even if he wasn’t sure about that fact).

Muniz has been vulnerable and gone on an emotional journey of self discovery during season 25 — and fans love a good journey. It also doesn’t hurt that he was probably the most recognizable of the finalists before the season began.

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Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas
Head judge Len Goodman has called Stirling “Most Improved” this season — which is impressive given that she’s been praised since the beginning of the competition — but the musician really hit her stride heading into Monday’s performance finale.

Known on YouTube as “the dancing violinist,” Stirling, 31, had to work hard to shake the reputation that she came onto the show with major formal dance training.

Stirling has become known for her quirky creativity as much as her impressive dance moves, but in her final dance on Monday, she wowed the audience with an impressive synergy of both those elements in her freestyle dance.

She gets points for dancing through a major rib injury — and being the only woman left gives her a leg up among any voters who think it’s time for another female champion.

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The Verdict
Fisher wins easily on dance ability, with Stirling a close second, but as any DWTS fan can tell you, there’s always room for a dark horse in the finale. Muniz has proven he has the fight and drive to compete — and he’s likely to get the lion’s share of votes from Scott fans who are looking for someone new to root for. All that considered, it’s Fisher who will likely be holding the silver trophy at the end of the night.

The season 25 winner of Dancing with the Stars will be crowned on the two-hour finale Tuesday, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.