Women's World Cup star Hope Solo exits 'DWTS' leaving her partner rooting for his ex
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3:30 PM, November 16, 2011 ι By New York Post
LOS ANGELES -- Bad-boy hoofer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his partner, soccer star Hope Solo, got the hook Tuesday night on “Dancing with the Stars” after a week of open warfare with the show’s judges.
And now that he has been eliminated, Chmerkovskiy says he’s got yet another problem.
The hot-tempered dancer wants to see Iraq war veteran and soap actor J.R. Martinez take home the mirror-ball trophy, which means also rooting for Martinez’s dance partner -- Chmerkovskiy's ex-fiancee, Karina Smirnoff.
Despite working together on the same show, the rugged Ukranian Chmerkovskiy told the New York Post that the couple have not spoken in the two years since their relationship blew up.
“If J.R. doesn’t win, there is something fundamentally wrong with America,” Chmerkovskiy said.
“I think J.R. deserves it,” he added. “It is his right to walk into ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and walk away with the trophy. But on top of all of that, he is a great dancer.”
Martinez suffered burns over 40 percent of his body while serving in the US Army in 2003. He was later cast on “All My Children” as a returning vet.
“You have to embrace the fact that after 13 seasons, it hasn’t always been a dance competition,” Chmerkovskiy said. “Therefore, J.R. needs to win this thing.”
Chmerkovskiy, 31, admitted that there is plenty of “bad blood” between him and Smirnoff, to whom he proposed on New Year’s Day 2009. The couple split up nine months later because they couldn’t agree on whether to have children, according to reports.
“I will never speak to that person again,” he said of Smirnoff, 33. “And I never have. It has been years now. But I am not bitter.”
Working side by side on a weekly TV series is “not easy,” Chmerkovskiy admitted. “But I just go about my business and do my thing. It is very hard.”
Meanwhile, Chmerkovskiy and Solo took issue with their scores all season -- leading to open and public feuds with the judges.
In October, Chmerkovskiy declared that “Dancing with the Stars” was “his show” after earning a low score and suggested that “maybe it’s time” for judge Len Goodman to step down.
On Monday, he told reporters, “I think [judge] Carrie Ann [Inaba] has an issue [with us]. I don’t know what it is, but I would love to know so we can address it.”
Solo added, “[The judges] have wanted to get us off since day one.”