‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 8 predictions update: Laurie Hernandez still ahead, but Jana Kramer rises

After eight weeks of “Dancing with the Stars” season 23 predictions, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez has yet to relinquish her lead, but she’s not the only one with a shot at the title according to our predictions contest entrants. Below, see the current standings as of this writing (week-to-week changes are in italics), and check out our complete racetrack odds for Monday night.

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  1. Laurie Hernandez — 4/7 (last week: 1st place with 1/2 odds)
  2. James Hinchcliffe — 9/2 (last week: 2nd place with 4/1 odds)
  3. Jana Kramer — 11/1 (last week: 5th place with 33/1 odds)
  4. Calvin Johnson — 25/1 (last week: 3rd place with 20/1 odds)
  5. Marilu Henner — 33/1 (last week: 4th place with 22/1 odds)
  6. Ryan Lochte — 40/1 (last week: 7th place with 100/1 odds)
  7. Terra Jole — 100/1 (last week: 6th place with 40/1 odds)

As you can see Hernandez maintains a significant lead in the race for the Mirror Ball Trophy. As of this writing she hasn’t lost significant ground, despite landing in the middle of the pack in the judges’ scores on “Eras Night” last week.

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Race car driver James Hinchcliffe is still her closest challenger with 9/2 odds. Thanks to the combination of his stellar jitterbug with partner Sharna Burgess and his team dance with Calvin Johnson, Ryan Lochte and eliminated Maureen McCormick, he topped the leaderboard for the third time this season, which is just as many times as Hernandez has come out on top.

Moving up in our predictions this week is singer and actress Jana Kramer, who currently ranks third with 11/1 odds. This is her best predictions ranking yet, even though she finished in the middle of the pack last week, tied with Hernandez. Perhaps our contest entrants are still riding high on her perfect-scoring Argentine tango from two weeks ago.

Football player Calvin Johnson slips a bit to fourth place, which is also a bit surprising. On “Eras Night” Johnson tied Hinchcliffe for the top judges’ score, which was his second high score of the season, but at the moment our game players are less confident in his chances of winning the whole thing.

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Also dipping is actress Marilu Henner, which is much less surprising. She landed at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard last week, so now she is not only an underdog but at risk of elimination — unless she wins immunity on “Halloween Night” by getting the highest score.

If you think we’re underestimating Henner or Johnson for the Mirror Ball Trophy, there’s still time to enter your predictions and affect our odds before tonight’s show. In our “DWTS” predictions center you can bet on who will get the high score, who will get the low score, how many 10s the judges will give out, who will be eliminated and who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy at the end of the season. You can make or edit your choices right up until the minute the live show starts at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

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