Right after Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed the rumba to Seasons of Love from the musical Rent, Len Goodman called Hope’s performance with Maks her “worst dance of the whole season.”
“I’m at a loss, really. You may not believe this Hope, but I never lost faith in you . . . I always feel that there is so much there. And for some reason, it hasn’t come out,” Goodman said.
“Partly, because of those boots . . . the one thing you mustn’t do is step on your heel. Well, it was totally full of heel leads . . . this is your worst dance of the whole season, in my opinion.”
As Len gave out his verdict, the audience started booing and was stirred by Chmerkovskiy who waved his arms up in the air.
“Don’t start all that, Maks, because half the fault is yours . . . Let me tell you Maks. The audience likes the effect . . . I’ve been in this business for nearly 50 years,” Goodman said.
“Maybe it’s time to go,” Chmerkovskiy quickly replied.
His comments sparked a reaction of disapproval from fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Oh whoa, don’t be respectful like that,” she said.
But Maks was far from being done.
“Let’s not be disrespectful to everybody, right, because everybody’s putting a lot of effort. Everybody on that balcony has been dying and killing themselves only to hear you guys . . . a little judgmental comments,” Chmerkovskiy said.
“I’m not being disrespectful. I’m just protecting my partner,” he added.
As Hope and Maksim headed backstage, he told host Brooke Charvet, “With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is.”
The results show on Dancing with the Stars airs on Tuesday night on ABC.
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