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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week 9: Hope Solo Leaves the Dance Floor

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hope Solo was forced to hang up her dancing shoes Tuesday night after being voted off Dancing With the Stars in the week 9 semifinals, leaving Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian to battle it out in next week’s finals.

Solo has struggled in the competition, frequently landing near the bottom of the leaderboard and finding herself in jeopardy of elimination. Judges have often told her that her dancing lacked fluidity and grace, and after Monday night’s three dances, she was in fourth place with a total of 49 points.

“This competition is one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of,” she said, thanking her friends, family, fans and her partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy.

He in turn thanked her, saying: “I’m sorry I couldn’t have been better for you, but it is what it is.”

Tuesday night’s episode featured a performance by Cobra Starship and appearances by the Muppets.

Lake, the actress and former TV talk show host, and actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez, have consistently been at or near the top of the scoreboard throughout the competition, but Kardashian – the reality TV personality whose progress has stunned the judges and viewers – is being viewed as a real contender for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

Cheers erupted on the ballroom dance floor Tuesday night when co-host Tom Bergeron revealed that Kardashian had made it to the finals.

The competition’s season 13 has seen dance floor departures from TV legal analyst Nancy Grace, actor David Arquette, activist Chaz Bono, fashion guru Carson Kressley, singer Chynna Phillips, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis and NBA star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest).

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'Dancing with the Stars' Final Four: Ricki Lake Takes the Lead

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough now lead the pack on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, after a Monday night semifinal round that required the final four contestants and their pro partners to perform three dances, including a cha cha cha relay.

Lake and Hough received perfect marks of 10 from all three judges for their first dance, a samba that Bruno Tonioli said was “hot, bright and brilliant.”  The couple also delivered a solid Argentine tango, and finished second in the cha cha cha relay.  The two lead with a total judges’ score of 67 points.

Soccer star Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are at the bottom of the leader board with a total judges’ score of 49 points.

Here are the semifinal rankings and point totals:

1. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 67 points
2. Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 65 points
3. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 56 points
4. Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 49 points

One of the four couples will be sent home on the Dancing with the Stars' results show airing Tuesday night on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Cobra Starship will be the musical guest.  The Muppets will also make an appearance.

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'Dancing With the Stars,’ Week 5 Was Back to the ’80s

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night the remaining eight celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performed to some of the greatest hits from the ’80s.

The halfway mark of the competition brought some hits and misses.

World Cup soccer star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and the judges’ reactions were mixed.

Head judge Len Goodman said Solo’s tango was “too willowy” and “loose-limbed,” while Bruno Tonioli thought she was “strong, sexy and powerful.” Carrie Ann Inaba said each judge had a valid point, and encouraged Solo to tone down just a little.

“You’re so strong that sometime you have to learn that less is more,” she said.

Solo earned 24 points out of a possible 30.

Carson Kressley danced a cheerleader-inspired jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
The fashion guru was at times out of synch with pro partner Anna Trebunskaya, and the three judges pointed out his lack of technique. Tonioli said Kressley’s routine was “wacky fun,” calling it “a crowning achievement in madness.”

He earned 19 points.

Nancy Grace and partner Tristan MacManus’ rumba to Spandau Ballet’s “True” won moderate approval from judges.

“It was nice, it was appropriate,” Inaba said, but added that Grace’s performance also felt “a little drab.”
Grace earned 22 points.

Actor J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who’s become a true fan favorite, tapped his Latin roots tonight. He and partner Karina Smirnoff turned up the heat with a sizzling samba to Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga,” receiving a rousing standing ovation from the audience in the ballroom.

“Talk about hip action. You were like a loin-shattering sex machine!” said Tonioli. The other judges shared his enthusiasm, awarding Martinez 28 points.

TV personality Rob Kardashian turned in a smooth rumba with Cheryl Burke. Dancing to Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” the pair glided across the dance floor, winning praise – and 25 points, Kardashian’s highest in the competition – from the judges.

“That was strong, sexy, you were totally in control,” Inaba said, telling Kardashian that he had made consistent progress.

Chaz Bono’s paso doble last week earned positive reviews and a score of 21, and his samba tonight – performed to Kool and the Gang’s “Get Down on It” – also won him 21 points.

Goodman acknowledged that Bono’s technique was lacking, but told the activist: “It was a gallant effort.”

David Arquette performed a punk-style tango with Kym Johnson  to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,”  bringing the audience to its feet.  Tonioli and Goodman thought the performance was very good, but while Inaba also thought Arquette did well, she said he needed to work on his musicality.

The Scream actor earned 25 points, his highest score of the competition.

Talk show host Ricki Lake and dance partner Derek Hough have dominated the leader board for the past three weeks, and earned a near-perfect score last week with their terrific tango.

The pressure was on, and their foxtrot – to “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins – seemed to fall a bit flat. Judges especially disliked the ’80s dance move – the roger rabbit – that the pair incorporated into the routine.

“It wasn’t your best dance, but it wasn’t your worst,” Goodman said.

The Bangles appeared on the show, performing their ’80s hits “Eternal Flame,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Manic Monday.”

One star will be voted off the show on Tuesday.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Week Four Recap: Dance by Dance

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The remaining nine celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, danced to famous movie themes Monday night under the watchful eyes of their equally famous family members gathered in the audience, including Chaz Bono’s mother, Cher; and David Arquette’s sisters, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, and his ex-wife, Courteney Cox.

Up first were Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony Dovolani, who danced the tango to the theme from Mission Impossible.  The Wilson Phillips singer lost her place during the dance and struggled to the finish, and the judges noticed.

“You lost it, it went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked,” head judge Len Goodman said, telling Phillips she’d made a lot of mistakes.

David Arquette channeled his inner Indiana Jones, and he and partner Kym Johnson got a standing ovation for their energetic paso doble to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were wildly enthusiastic -- Inaba said the actor had strength and charisma -- but Goodman said Arquette stomped too hard and failed to display proper posture.

He was followed by fashion guru Carson Kressley, who took to the dance floor with Anna Trebunskaya to perform a Viennese waltz to the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.  In keeping with their previous critiques of Kressley, the judges all said they loved his performance but faulted him for a lack of technique.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced the paso doble to the theme from the science fiction cult classic Flash Gordon.  Goodman said her dancing was “competent” but not exciting, and Tonioli said the dance needed to be more assertive, but Inaba disagreed.

Soccer World Cup star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy unveiled a foxtrot to the theme from Toy Story.  Tonioli said the dance "was so lovely," while Goodman encouraged the pair to work more as a team.

Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke danced the paso doble to the Superman theme.  Inaba told Kardashian that he embodied everything that a man should be on the dance floor, saying he had style, strength, sensuality and fluidity.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough -- who topped the leaderboard with 27 points last week -- performed a tango to the theme of the movie Psycho.  The audience surged to its feet when the pair’s routine ended, and the three judges loved it.  They gave the pair 29 points -- the highest score of season 13.

Bono and Lacey Schwimmer turned in a rousing paso doble to the theme of Rocky.  The activist is battling a knee injury and has been struggling in the competition, but his performance Monday night brought tears to Inaba’s eyes.  She said she was touched by Bono’s determination to succeed.

Bono’s mother, Cher, was also emotional in the audience, cheering and applauding her son.

Actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez delivered a humorous, crowd-pleasing foxtrot to the Pink Panther theme with partner Karina Smirnoff.  Inaba said it was technically OK, but the humor was unnecessary, although Goodman and Tonioli were impressed.

Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores, one celebrity will be voted off during the results show Tuesday.

Here are Monday night’s scores:

-- Lake and Hough: 29/30
-- Phillips and Dovolani:  21/30
-- Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30
-- Kardashian and Burke: 24/30
-- Kressley and Trebunskaya: 20/30
-- Arquette and Johnson:  23/30
-- Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30
-- Grace and MacManus: 21/30
-- Bono and Schwimmer: 21/30

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