Laurie Hernandez is in the top spot on "Dancing With The Stars" after seven weeks. She is still the front-runner to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, but she seems to be losing her footing while other dancers are gaining ground. Laurie's partner Val Chmerkovskiy knows how it works on "Dancing with the Stars" since he has been on the show for 11 seasons and has won the championship once with Rumer Willis during Season 20. Val is encouraging the gymnast to give it her all.

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It is not that Laurie isn't doing well. She is still the front-runner to win. It is that she did so well initially, and it is challenging for her to rise above where she started.

Laurie and Val have topped the leaderboard three times so far this season. While they are still performing well, so are the other dancers. For the last two weeks, Laurie and Val were outperformed by others. This means that any one of the other couples can catch Laurie and Val and even pass them by the time the final episode is aired.

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Right now Laurie is in first place with 2/7 odds of winning. James Hinchcliffe is in second place. The race car driver is the one who has come closer to Laurie than anyone else, so he is expected to be in the finals. Calvin Johnson follows in third place. Marilu Henner is next in fourth place. Terra Jole has improved, but she is in fifth place. Jana Kramer who received a perfect score last week during Latin Week for her sexy Argentine tango is in sixth place.

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Ryan Lochte is in seventh place. Maureen McCormick is in the last place and is predicted to be eliminated on Monday, October 24.

"Dancing with the Stars" has been known to have lots of surprises, so nothing is guaranteed. The winner could be Laurie or James depending on how well they perform during the remainder of the season. As far as the next elimination is concerned, it might not be Maureen McCormick because Ryan Lochte has also been at the bottom of the leaderboard almost every week of Season 23. Watch ABC "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night at 8 p.m. to see who will be eliminated.