U.S. soccer star Hope Solo has reached the Dancing With The Stars semi-finals! She, along with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, learned last night that they survived another week of dancing. Nancy Grace and her partner, Tristan MacManus, were eliminated. We all knew that it was time for her to go, just like Len said, hers was a Cinderalla story, but it was midnight and time to go home. The other three couples heading to the semi-finals: J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff (who had an amazing night with two perfect scores), Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, and Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. It’s getting down to the wire, folks. If you want Hope to make it to the finals, vote vote vote next Monday!!
There have been several athletes who have graced the dance floor, most recently Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who along with his partner, Kym Johnson, won the coveted mirror ball trophy last season. Another football player, Emmitt Smith, won the title during Season 3. Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson round out previous winners with backgrounds in sports. Hope is the first soccer player to compete on the reality competition. She has improved immensely, especially in the last three weeks, and Monday night she rocked! Her high energy Instant Jive left me breathless, and no doubt her athletic prowess helped keep that adrenaline pumping during her performance. She may have some amazing footwork on the soccer field, but she is proving to have the same on the dance floor.
My guess will be that Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke will be the next to go, and Hope, J.R. and Ricki will battle it out for the win. Right now J.R. is unstoppable! Who knows though, anything can happen on the dance floor, do you think Hope will pull off an upset and take the title? As she has said before, she works very well under pressure.
Best of luck to you, Hope! We’re rooting for you! You can see videos of her previous performances below.