Alfonso Ribeiro says the secret to winning 'DWTS' is manipulation, and thinks Laurie will win this season

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Alfonso Ribeiro knows a thing or two about jiving to a championship mirrorball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," so we weren't surprised when he stopped by AOL BUILD to explain that there is a real strategy behind winning.

"The show is about a journey, it's about improvement, and personality. There's a lot of manipulating going on with the producers, about what weeks you're doing which dances, and are you doing your best dances early or are you saving them for later," Ribeiro explained. "There's a lot that goes into pulling out a win on the show versus being the best."

His money is on US Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez this season, but he imagines her young age is going to be a real detractor for her to win. "This season Laurie Hernandez is the clear favorite to win on the dance floor. The question is, as I know, is that it's not all about the best dancer," he shared. "The fact that she's 16, that's a negative for her on the show."

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1902" - It was #myjammonday this week on "Dancing with the Stars." The 12 remaining celebrities danced to their favorite songs on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Monday's show kicks-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the full cast and judges dancing to a medley of the judges' favorite songs. Each couple then performed a variety of dances, including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive and Rumba, to their favorite jam. (Photos by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, ALFONSO RIBEIRO
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1902' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' The 12 remaining celebrities danced to their favorite songs on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Monday's show kicks-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the full cast and judges dancing to a medley of the judges' favorite songs. Each couple then performed a variety of dances, including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive and Rumba, to their favorite jam. (Photos by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, ALFONSO RIBEIRO
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1902' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' The 12 remaining celebrities danced to their favorite songs on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Monday's show kicks-off with a spectacular opening number featuring the full cast and judges dancing to a medley of the judges' favorite songs. Each couple then performed a variety of dances, including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive and Rumba, to their favorite jam. (Photos by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, WITNEY CARSON, ALFONSO RIBEIRO
DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the 'Dancing with the Stars' results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The new cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 9/4/14, and include celebrities: (in alphabetical order) Jonathan Bennett, Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. They will team up with professional dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the 'Dancing with the Stars' results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - REHEARSALS - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the 'Dancing with the Stars' results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
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The voting audience is a much older demographic and he said with the judges' scores only counting for 50 percent of the total score -- she could have a big problem on her hands.

"People might be going for MariLu Henner. All it takes for them to give her their vote at the end of the show. It's not very often do young contestants win because that's not how the audience votes."

When he went into the show in Season 19 he said he methodically studied how the point system worked and strategized with his partner when he wanted his most memorable dances to be during the season.

It sounds like -- with all reality shows -- there's more to the whole winning a reality show than meets the eyes and it looks like Ribeiro outsmarted everyone with his Carlton.

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