‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 10 predictions update: Laurie Hernandez widens lead going into Semi-Finals

After early weeks of dominance “Dancing with the Stars” season 23 frontrunner Laurie Hernandez started to lose ground in the middle of the season to her chief rival, auto racer James Hinchcliffe, but after two straight weeks with perfect scores she’s back on the upswing. She has led our racetrack odds for all 10 weeks of the competition, but now she’s once again putting distance between herself and the rest of the field. 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 — 1/2 (last week: 1st place with 5/6 odds)
  2. James Hinchcliffe — 7/2 (last week: 2nd place with 27/10 odds)
  3. Jana Kramer — 14/1 (last week: 3rd place with 12/1 odds)
  4. Calvin Johnson — 25/1 (last week: 5th place with 22/1 odds)
  5. Terra Jole — 100/1 (last week: 6th place with 100/1 odds)

Hernandez had her best week ever on “Showstoppers Night” — two perfect dances — which keeps her ahead in our leaderboard predictions and markedly improves her odds: 1/2, up from 5/6.

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But while Hernandez ruled, Hinchcliffe had an uncharacteristic stumble. During his jazz routine inspired by “The Wiz,” he noticeably flubbed a bit of his choreography. That didn’t cost him much — the judges gave him straight nines instead of potential 10s — but on a highly competitive night it was enough to put him on the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard. He actually scored one point higher than Marilu Henner for the night, but since Henner was eliminated that leaves Hinchcliffe in last place going into the semi-finals. He’s never been in that position before, so while he holds on to second place in our predictions, his odds as of this writing have dipped to 7/2, down from 27/10 last week.

Country singer Jana Kramer was in third place going into last week’s show, and she remains in third place, but despite matching Hernandez last week with two perfect scores Kramer has lost ground slightly, from 12/1 odds to 14/1 odds.

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Football player Calvin Johnson is down as well, from 22/1 odds to 25/1 odds, though he still manages to rise from fifth place to fourth in our racetrack odds due to Henner’s elimination in last week’s show.

Our last-place dancer is reality TV star Terra Jole with distant 100/1 odds, but she has received the same odds from our predictions contest entrants for the last three weeks and has ridden them all the way to the semi-finals. If we keep underestimating her, at this rate she’ll win the Mirror Ball Trophy before anyone realizes she can.

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