‘Dancing with the Stars’ Recap: Week 9 Elimination

The semi finals of this season of Dancing with the Stars were last night, and tonight we learned which of the four remaining couples weren’t going into the finals. The two pairs in danger of going home were Hope Solo (who was criticized last night for not matching any artistry with her aggression) and JR Martinez (who the judges disappointed with his reserved movements). But ultimately, Hope Solo was sent home, and she told Brooke Burke, “”This competition is one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of. Instead of trying to win a Mirror Ball Trophy, I’m going to try to win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics. Maks was amazing, the producer of the show! Thank you, Maks, for having me on your show.” And in a surprisingly sweet moment, Maks thanked Hope for being his partner and apologized that he didn’t get her further. This means the finalists for this season are Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, and Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. Tune in next week to watch one of them walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy!