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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 7: Hope's Redemption & Ricki's Back On Top

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 1st 2011 12:10AM
It was a good night to be Hope Solo. After an embarrassing night on the dance floor during last week's 'Dancing With the Stars,' and the very public fallout between her partner Maks and judge Len Goodman, Hope proved that she could once again have fun in the ballroom. Meanwhile, Maks was purposely quiet on the dance floor, but even more self-righteous than ever in rehearsals.

This week, all three judges praised Hope and Maks' sexy werewolf samba. Perhaps they didn't want to upset the big bad wolf like they did last week? For one of the first times ever, Hope looked like she was finally having a good time on the dance floor -- but it didn't look that way during rehearsals.

In fact, it looked pretty painful.

Maks had a bum toe and, apparently, that meant that he couldn't dance during rehearsals, but he could dress like a werewolf and boss Hope around from the sidelines. Meanwhile, their samba was the perfect redemption after last week's calamity.

The dance floor fog was a pretty good tactic on Maks' part. You can't criticize Hope's footwork if you can't see it! The critics loved Hope's samba, even saying that it was her best dance yet. However, Maks stayed pretty quiet throughout the judging, only speaking (or showing any emotion, really) after Brooke asked him a question.

During this week's performances, there were werewolves, vampires, ghosts, witches, giant spiders and even spooky magicians, but nothing could be scarier than Maks, whose poor attitude during rehearsals wasn't doing him any favors when it came to voting.

This week also marked the first time the remaining six dancers split into two teams for an additional group dance number, which would be scored by the judges and added to their totals. It was J.R., David and Nancy with their disturbing tango vs. Ricki, Rob and Hope with their chilly pasodoble.

And while it looked like captain J.R. was at a disadvantage, with both David and Nancy on his tango team, in my opinion, J.R.'s team totally rocked it. However, the judges didn't agree; Len, in particular, thought their individual parts were terribly weak, scoring a poor 23 overall. Meanwhile, team pasodoble was having a few issues in rehearsals. OK, there was really only one issue: Maks. I'm pretty sure the way he started throwing Hope around like a rag doll could be considered borderline abusive. Seriously! I used to be a Maks fan, but he's been less-than-gentlemanly toward Hope.

Good thing Derek took the time to properly show Hope the choreography. Just because Maks wears a scarf during almost every dance does not make him sweet and sensitive. In fact, I think he needs a pretty big attitude check.

And yet again, here's where I see the judges playing favorites again. The judges found team pasodoble Derek more favorable than team tango, earning a score of 26 overall, but I didn't need to watch the two teams dance to know that. It's no secret that Derek is a fan (and judge) favorite. That's not to say that Ricki's team wasn't great. Derek is a master choreographer, but Hope and Maks really killed it for me. Especially Maks.

Does anyone else notice that when Hope and Maks dance, it looks like they're competing against each other? Yeah, if you can't tell, I think it's finally time to put Hope out of her misery.

Team Paso Doble on 'Dancing With the Stars'
Now, onto the individual dances of the night. All eyes were on Rob Kardashian -- OK, more like Rob's family. For all of you hoping to see Kim Kardashian in the audience tonight, sadly the recently separated Kim had more important things to do, like fly to Australia. It seemed like just last week Kim and Kris were in the audience looking all lovey-dovey rooting for Rob. Oh wait, that's because it was just last week. Poor brokenhearted Kris Humphries ... there's always Season 14 of 'DWTS.'

In absence of Kim K., we did get to see the adorably cute BABY MASON! Way to detour the bad press, Kardashians. Cute babies dressed as Indians always do the trick.

Even though Kim wasn't there to wish her little bro good luck, it looked like he didn't really need it -- this was probably Rob's best dance yet. And no, I'm not lying. Week after week, Rob wins the award for most improved, and after this week's performance, I can't wait to see to what Rob and Cheryl (a.k.a. the lost Kardashian) bring to the dance floor next week.

On another note, Rob should never wear those gray sweatpants ever again. Burn them, Rob ... burn them.

Meanwhile, David Arquette and Kym danced a super fun cha cha. As Len put it, there were "lots of tricks and lots of treats." David has really proven himself as the life of the show this season.

If David goes this week, then who are we going to have to make this show even remotely entertaining? Who else will dance with a prop skeleton?! Of course we still have Nancy, but she makes the show entertaining for different reasons.

Then there was J.R. Martinez and Karina's less-than-stellar-but-still-entertaining 'Ghostbusters' tango. Looks like J.R. and Karina had a rough rehearsal week, but it was nothing a little hug from J.R. couldn't fix. Is it any wonder why I root for this guy?! However, Len called his performance "sub-standard," telling the veteran that "he forgot to work on his feet" this week. Instead, J.R. had a little too much "razzamatazz." And you know what happens when you have too much razzamatazz -- you become the new Carson Kressley.

To be honest, as much as I love J.R., I have to agree with the judges. This wasn't my favorite performance from him, and I think a lot of it had to do with the song choice. After all, the theme from 'Ghostbusters' doesn't necessarily scream tango.

Side note: Did anyone else spot Ricki a little less-than-pleased after J.R. and Karina's routine? Maybe she was in pain because of her ribs? Or was she feeling the pressure?

Speaking of Ricki Lake, can anyone stop Ricki and Derek from total dance floor domination? Thing week, Ricki danced a creepy Little Red Riding Hood-themed pasodoble. What can I say? She may not be my favorite, but she looked gorgeous on that dance floor. She had a little problem with her shoulders -- in her defense, she was injured! -- but her lines were lovely, and that's what I always enjoy about Ricki's performances. More than anyone else, she has really clean lines.

However, I half-expected the judges to say something about Derek's nearly shirtless costume. After all, they don't seem to like it when Maks shows too much skin, but I can't see the judges ever reprimanding their golden child.

Meanwhile, Nancy Grace is looking fabulous. Yeah, I said it. She must be losing some serious weight in that rehearsal room because she's looking considerably fitter this week. Now her jive? Not so fabulous. She didn't really follow Tristan's choreography, and she lost her footing quite a few times, resulting in a very poor ballroom performance.

However, when it comes of fan bases, I can't think of anyone who has a larger platform and more dedicated fan base than Nancy, so I think she's here to stay. OK, all I really care about is Tristan, and I want him to stay for as long as possible. Don't judge me.

Also, does anyone else think Nancy should dye her hair darker after this week's performance?

Judges side note: Sometimes Bruno's dramatic remarks are amusing and other times, I just wish he would put less boy in flamboyant. You know what I mean?!

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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November 02 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

tell abc to do something about maks's abusive behavior..it's unacceptable:


November 02 2011 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Maks is mad he did not get a different celebrity. Hope has a beautiful personality but is very stiff on the dance floor. Maks' roughness to Hope in practice was abuse. If that was done in public he might be arrested. He is so full of himself. His ego is bigger than he is. Don't get me wrong, he is a great dancer and correographer but he needs to control his anger. If things don't go his way he is taking it out on Hope. Hope certainly has improved from the beginning. She did so much better and learned faster with the guest dancer in rehersal when Maks hurt his foot.

November 02 2011 at 12:56 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

There is definitely something sexual going on between Max & Hope. Did you see the way he was handling Hope when she wasn't getting a turn right. Doesn't take a genuis to see that a contestant would not take such treatment unless there was some kind of intimate relationship between the teacher and student.

November 01 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Boy are YOU full o' crap!!

November 01 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love Maks but the shoving was not good. I would like to hear Hope and Maks' explanation of that

November 01 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i keep hoping maks will get the boot from this show . i saw how he let kirstie fall last season and how he tried to undermine her at every turn.. he is frustrated because he cant win . he is not in derecks catagory . dereck is giving and so talented he leaves maks and his partners in the dust. i saw maks interview on gma and he came off like the immature self involved man he he is. he owes len an apology regardless of what "his father" told him. big news maks --this show does NOT need you ... not now or ever.

November 01 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i breathed a sigh of relief that i did not have to see poor chaz struggling through another terrible dance routine and silly outfit. i can only imagine how relieved both lacy and chaz must be. they were not even in the audience like carson. i thought jr routine was just not the right one needed and let me say again whoever is doing the costumes you suck. cant wait till big face david and rob are voted off . nancy is on her way out . this was the worst pairing ever on dwts they cant stand each other you can cut the dislike with a knife...

November 01 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Generally speaking, I try to keep my DWTS comments positive and upbeat. But I'm afraid today will be different.

It has been a weird season for Maks. From the beginning, I noticed the disconnected, cold and combative body language between he and his celebrity dance partner, Hope Solo. Maks is normally touchy-feely. Not so, this season. In fact, any personal contact between the two seems grudging and forced. Maks HAS come to Hope's defense on more than one occasion, but even that has seemed more about his pride than any true caring for his partner.

These observations upset me. I've always been a fan of the way Maks treats his celebrity dance partners. He's tough and has high expectations. But he normally balances that with lots of physical affection and encouragement. However, after watching his borderline abusive treatment of Hope during Team Paso rehearsal, last night, I'm left wondering what's going on this season that makes him a seeming candidate for Anger Management classes.

The look on Rob Kardashian's face said it all. Whatever is going on needs to be resolved....and quickly.

November 01 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

look in the first place. If you get so close every single year to the finish line and than have it taken away just before you have the chance to proove you can make it to the finish line well you would feel the same way as Maks does.. Hes frustrated every year he has this great dynamic and chemistry with his partner.. Its always exciting dramatic passionate and so charasmatic.. Last year i thought he and Kirstie Alley should have won.. and they didnt .. I do bellieve that Bad Boys never get chosen.. cause it doesnt fit that boring straight boy next store persona. or all american boy.. I feel they are definiately biased.. Maks is an amazing dancer and choreographer.. hes always been my fav every single year vote for him. Lets face it he is so hot on that dance floor and always delivers .. sex appeal drama and passion and intensity and never any boring performances.. Im sorry but as far as Maks and Hope.. I am proud of Maks for standing up for Hope ... What kind of a man would he be if he didnt stand up for his partner or woman.Len was out of line to say that was her worst dance ever. esp when he sees how hard she is trying and she has no dance experience whatsoever.He could have handled with more tact and he didnt .. Oh well he started it .Len maybe it is time to get out.. SO to Maks and Hope i say fight for what you want and i think you guys can make it to the finish line and win that mirror ball ... Maks after all these years you deserve .. Baby. Last nights team posadobla was phoenominal and they deserved the praise .. Sorry it was sexy passionate dramatic and charismatic and just darkly beautiful.. Pure Dark Poetry.. great song. / loved it my fav dance of the season so far. Poso and Tango are my two fav dances along with the Vienese Waltz. / You know some of maks shinnanigans might be staged for ratings too. SO brava to DWSTars for keeping each season exciting and not falling into just some boring dance show.. Drama brings ratings.. this is one of the best seasons . A maks fan forever. but i have to say I really love the Hot Irishman.. Tristan.. oh yes. but heart belongs to the bad boy of ballroom Maks.

November 01 2011 at 9:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

wonder where my comment went.
it was the stupid boots that ruined Hopes rumba last week. She needed to be in high heels. who can dance sexy in combat boots?

November 01 2011 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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