Solo To Dance Three Times In Semifinals
Nov. 14, 2011
SEATTLE - Former Husky standout Hope Solo has advanced to the semifinals. Facing the challenge of completing two dances, Solo and her dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned a season-high 27 points for their quickstep to Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" and then 25 points for their instant jive to Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" to award them a total of 52 points from the judges, tied for second-best of the night.
With only four couples remaining, Solo will get an even more difficult challenge with having to showcase three dances for Week 9. The pair will dance a Paso Doble to Miley Cyrus' "Can't be Tamed", an Argentine Tango to Gotan Project's "Whatever Lola Wants", and a Cha Cha Relay to Enrique Iglesias' "I Like the Way It Feels." DWTS' final four consists of Solo and Chmerkovskiy, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, and Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke.
HLN's legal analyst Nancy Grace was the eighth contestant to be eliminated. Her and dancing partner Tristan MacManus now join actor David Arquette and Kym Johnson, activist Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, reality TV personality Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, singer Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani, reality TV personality Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy, and NBA star Ron Artest and Peta Mugatroyd.
To vote for team `MakSolo', fans can call the toll-free number 1-800-868-3408, text "VOTE" to the same number (for AT&T customers only), or go on-line to abc.com and register to vote. The phone and text number will remain the same throughout the season. Fans can start voting multiple times during and immediately after each performance show. Phone and text lines will stay open until 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting will continue to be open until 8 a.m. PT the following day, when the DWTS Results Show will air (Tuesdays at 9/8C) and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition.