Solo Learns "Dancing" Partner
Wednesday morning on ABC's morning show, Good Morning America, the celebrity-professional pairs were revealed for this season of Dancing with the Stars. Former Husky star, Hope Solo, will be paired with professional dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
In July, before the celebrities for this season were announced, Chmerkovskiy said that he would love for Solo to be his partner. When asked at the 2011 ESPY Awards who his dream partner would be, he exclaimed, "Hope Solo!" He continued, "Let's do it! I want somebody hot, I want somebody exciting, somebody passionate, and I'll do the rest." He admitted to watching "every second" of the recent Women's World Cup, during which Solo was paramount in helping the US Women's National team reach the championship game.
Solo hopes to become Chmerkovskiy's first partner to win the competition, as he has finished as a runner-up twice, including last season with partner Kirstie Alley. He and past partners have had great overall success, however, as they have finished in the top four in five of the 10 seasons in which he's appeared.
The other celebrity-professional pairings are as follows: Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus, Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, Elisabetta Canalis and Maksim's brother, Val Chmerovskiy, Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani, David Arquette and Kym Johnson, and Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas.
Fans can start watching Solo and Chmerkovskiy in action on Monday, Sept. 19 in the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at 8 p.m. on ABC. The first couple, the pair with the lowest combined judges scores and fan votes, will be sent home the following night. The couples will perform each Monday and the results show will occur each Tuesday until the season finale on Nov. 22.
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