‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 7 predictions update: Laurie Hernandez more vulnerable than ever

After seven weeks of “Dancing with the Stars” predictions from our contest entrants, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez still hasn’t moved from the number-one spot as the frontrunner to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, but she’s finally starting to look vulnerable. She has topped the judges’ leaderboard three times so far this season, but she’s been outperformed for the last two weeks, opening the door for a potential upset by season’s end. 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 2/7 odds)
  2. James Hinchcliffe — 9/2 (last week: 2nd place with 12/1 odds)
  3. Calvin Johnson — 18/1 (last week: 3rd place with 18/1 odds)
  4. Marilu Henner — 18/1 (last week: 4th place with 18/1 odds)
  5. Terra Jole — 33/1 (last week: 6th place with 100/1 odds)
  6. Jana Kramer — 100/1 (last week: 7th place with 100/1 odds)
  7. Ryan Lochte — 100/1 (last week: 5th place with 40/1 odds)
  8. Maureen McCormick — 100/1 (last week: 8th place with 100/1 odds)

Our rankings for the top contenders haven’t changed, but their odds sure have. Hernandez has lost some ground, dipping from 2/7 to 1/2 odds, while race car driver James Hinchcliffe improves significantly from 12/1 to 9/2 odds. That’s as close as anyone has gotten to Hernandez’s lead all season.

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Other major changes include reality TV star Terra Jole improving from 100/1 odds to 33/1 odds. That’s in spite of the fact that she goes into Monday night’s show as the lowest-scoring contestant, tied with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with 30 out of 40 points from judges. Lochte, meanwhile, is down in our predictions, from 40/1 to 100/1 odds.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in our predictions is that singer and actress Jana Kramer’s odds haven’t changed at all. Last week on “Latin Night” she got the highest judges’ score for the first time this season thanks to a lusty Argentine tango. And not only was it the best performance of the night, it was also just the second perfect score of the season: 40 out of 40 thanks to 10s from Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and guest judge Pitbull.

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Perhaps our contest entrants are waiting to see if Kramer can follow that up with another great performance. She had spent most of the season before that in the middle of the pack, so was her stellar routine a sign of things to come, or was it a one-time fluke?

If you think we’re underestimating Kramer or anyone else 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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