On Tuesday’s season 13, week 8 results show of Dancing With the Stars, goal-oriented Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – who can still go ahead and make that smile – were expelled from DANCMSTR’s School of Sequins. Your finalists are Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, and J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. Only one of these people is currently in severe physical pain. That must be a record!
It was becoming exhausting to watch Hope’s mood switch from combative to sweet and then back again in a setting in which she had seemed unhappy and uncomfortable for weeks. To borrow a Simon Cowell-ism, I don’t think Hope was ever quite as good as she thought she was at ballroom dancing, but clearly she was not a good fit to serve as a pawn/punching bag on a reality show. It was just not for her. “I don’t even want to look at them,” Hope had murmured to Maks re: the judges after their Argentine tango. Her partner had shut up and resigned himself to playing nice, but she never got the memo – or more likely, she got it and didn’t care.
I was sick of watching her pout on camera, but because I was on the scene for last night’s results show, I got to witness the best Hope Solo moment of the season. Derek and Anna’s amazing Design a Dance paso doble was filmed nearly an hour before the liiiiiiiive telecast, so from 5:15-5:45 p.m., about half of the rowdy crowd participated in a massive dance party on the ballroom floor. (Apparently this happens quite often; it just didn’t at the last results show I attended.) We plebes were just going about our awesome party moves when all of a sudden Hope had unexpectedly wormed her way into the middle of the floor. People started freaking out and loving on her, and she just kept laughing and grinding with random strangers! Maybe some of them were her friends – I have no idea – but the point is she looked happy and appreciative of the fans.
NEXT: The dance party continues; Derek and Anna Design our Dreams