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When Hope Solo competed on Dancing with the Stars last year, she won fourth place fair and square. Or did she? In a shocking passage from her new memoir, the soccer champ claims that the show's winners are decided in advance by the judges -- not by audience votes.
Solo, who was paired with ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, writes that the pair saved their spot on the show by stirring up drama, after Chmerkovskiy learned via "secret memo" that they were up for elimination.
"Maks later told me that he had argued with the judges because he had been told we were going to be eliminated, that there was some secret memo going around that said who would be ousted each week," writes the former contestant in Solo: A Memoir of Hope. "He explained that he wanted to cause some drama on the live portion of the show so that they wouldn’t be able to resist keeping us around, hoping for more fireworks."
Viewers may recall Maksim's outburst at the judges after they ripped apart the couple's Broadway-themed rumba. (Watch the clip below.) According to Solo's memoir, that seemingly spontaneous moment was a deliberate strategy on his part. "It seems to have worked," she writes. "We weren't eliminated that week."
Just to clarify, Solo herself doesn't claim to have seen any "secret memo" about who was up for elimination. She only says that Chermkovkskiy told her about a secret memo after the fact. But elsewhere in the book, she accuses her dance partner of roughing her up during rehearsals. Doesn't sound like their relationship was necessarily built on trust. Could the ballroom dancer have been lying to his partner? Was it all a misunderstanding? Or is it actually possible that Dancing with the Stars is fixed? (It could explain that whole Bristol Palin thing...)
Understandably, the show's producers are reportedly furious with Hope. Radar Online reports that ABC is exploring legal options against the book, along with its "made up" allegations.
Chmerokovskiy is currently dancing with Kirstie Alley on DWTS: All Stars.
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