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Dancing With the Stars: Who Can Stop J.R.?

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Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez have been trading co-frontrunner status all season long.

After two weeks leading the pack, Lake fell to second last night behind a perfect JR.

The eighth week of Dancing With the Stars' 13th season saw him achieve perfection not just once, but twice, racking up a ridiculous total of 60 points (out of 60) and serving notice that he's in to win.

"Justin Bieber, I will never say never," he said, name-checking last week's musical guest. That total of 60 gives him an eight-point cushion over Lake, who was good but not outstanding Monday night.

Hope Solo turned in her best dances yet, tying Lake for second with a combined 52 points in the rehearsed and "instant jive" portions of the episode. Rob Kardashian tallied 51 points combined.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff Pic

Can anybody stop J.R.'s run for the Mirror Ball?

It really looks like this is the end of the line for Nancy Grace, as impressive as it is that she's made it this far. How can it not be, compared to the other dancers in the field? If she survives, it'll be a shock.

There's nothing anyone can do about the standings now, other than rally support from voters to better their odds. The scores for the seventh night of Dancing With the Stars performances (solo, group):

  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: (30, 30) 60
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: (28, 24) 52
  • Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: (27, 25) 52
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke (27, 24) 51
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus (24, 20): 44

Who was your favorite on Monday? Do you think anyone was scored unfairly by the judges? Who's your pick to make it all the way to the finals, and who do you predict is on the way out Tuesday?

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