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Jana Kramer Says Laurie Hernandez Is No Longer the Dancing with the Stars Front-Runner: 'It's Anyone's Game'

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Country singer Jana Kramer is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, and she’s blogging about season 23 exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Kramer and her partner Gleb Savchenko, both 32, on Twitter!

Because of his injury, Gleb and I didn’t dance together except for an hour or two. So the fact that we were able to get a perfect score last Monday was amazing. That dance met a lot to me, and the fact that Gleb was able to get out there for me meant so much.

I had two goals: to get a perfect score and to make it to the finals. So now that we have a perfect score out of the way, now it’s all about making it to the finals. We are so close and it would be a shame to leave now because of all the hard work and hours spent training and away from my daughter. It would be devastating to make it this far and not get to the end.

In the very beginning, everyone was saying that Laurie Hernandez was the one to beat. And she’s an amazing gymnast and athlete and dancer — and we’ve become really close friends — but the leaderboard has changed every week and I really feel like any of us who are left could take home the Mirrorball Trophy. It’s anyone’s game.

I know I’m not the best dancer in the competition but I know I’m taking people on a journey with me and they’ve seen my ups and downs and I am so thankful for their support and love through it all.

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Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

This week has been tough. Gleb is not taking it easy on me. He’s choreographed a dance that he feels is difficult enough to get us into the finals. For our dance we are doing a quickstep and that name is not a joke. It’s so fast! But it’s fun to play this rich lady going after the shoe boy.

For our trio dance, we’re working with Alan Bersten. I chose Alan because he really stepped up and was there for me last week when Gleb was injured and not sure if he’d be able to perform. I wanted to thank him.

The three of us are dancing a paso doble and it’s very hard. It’s so sharp and complex and difficult. But I’m really excited to be playing the character I’m playing. She’s very in charge and takes control. It’s a whole new character for me and that’s really fun.

It’s helped that I’ve already worked so much with Alan. It’s been an advantage to have a leg up, but everyone is giving their all this week. I’m really excited and have no idea what is going to happen tonight.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.