Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 6 is probably one best forgotten for soccer star Hope Solo. Not only did her Rent inspired Broadway week Rumba earn nearly the worst score of the evening, but her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy got into a heated verbal battle with the judges over perceived inequities in critiques.
During rehearsals, Maks recruited three female dancers from the DWTS troupe to help Hope to discover her inner sexy. Although she called the experience of working with the dancers "incredible" and claimed to have learned a lot, she slipped back into "athlete" mode the next day. The change in her quality of motion frustrated Maks, who admitted that he was beginning to lose faith in Hope's ability to become a really good dancer.
And things only got worse from there. Although the pair's "Seasons of Love" Rumba started off on the right foot with a hot embrace, it lacked the sensuality and flow that typifies the style, and Hope's heavy movements were a little too soccer goalie and not enough dancer.
Carrie Ann Inaba appreciated Hope's effort, but found some of her movements to be too forced. Len Goodman noted too many heel-leads, probably thanks to her boots, and deemed it her worst dance of the season, which sent Maks into a defensive tailspin that raised the hackles of all three judges. He suggested that Len retire, and accused the panelists of being unfair across the board with their criticisms. After Dancing with the Stars co-host Tom Bergeron rushed them along, Bruno Tonioli finished the judges' critique by acknowledging that the musical selection was a difficult one, but knocking Hope for her failure to link her movements.
Hope and Maks' mark of 20 points bested that of just one couple, activist Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, so expect them to be in trouble during the October 25 Dancing with the Stars season 13 elimination show. Tune in at 9 p.m. on ABC to see if Hope Solo lives to dance again, and to see if Maks Chmerkovskiy apologizes for speaking his mind. It could get interesting.