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#pounditMonday, July 22, 2024

Hope Solo: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is fixed

Hope Solo taking aim at “Dancing with the Stars” is nothing new, but one particular tidbit of information she revealed about the show in her new book could interest DWTS fans. In the gift that keeps on giving, “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” Solo claims the show is fixed and that the producers decide which contestants remain from week-to-week — not fan votes.

As pointed out, Hope claims in the book that the public feud between her and dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was good for ratings and helped keep her on the show after she was “scheduled” the be eliminated.

“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,” Solo wrote. “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.

“It seems to have worked — we weren’t eliminated that week.”

As we know, Hope also revealed in the book that Chmerkovskiy once slapped her during practice, so if that’s true the drama went well beyond ratings and cinema value. Hope also once accused the shows producers of painting her in a negative light and criticizing her body type. When she was eventually voted off the show and finished in fourth place, Solo sounded like someone who regretted the experience and was glad it was over.

Sources told that the DWTS producers are furious with Hope and believe she “made up the allegations simply to sell books.” Of all the things she has said about the show, this is probably the most controversial accusation.


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