Hope Solo: 'I think we'll last another week' on 'Dancing With The Stars'
Hope Solo says she thinks she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will last at least another week on "Dancing WithThe Stars."
The remaining seven celebrities still in the running on the current 13th season of the ABC reality show are set to perform a dance set to a Broadway musical song with their professional partners and participate in a group performance on Monday, October 24.
"I'm dancing the Rumba which is slow and elegant and fancy - everything that I'm not, as an athlete," Solo, a 30-year-old starting goalkeeper for the United States women's soccer team, told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish at the recent GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles.
"So that's very difficult but I'm putting in the hours, I'm putting in the work and Maks is an amazing teacher," she said. "Everyone likes to think we bump heads but really, we have so much respect. I think we'll last another week."
The GLSEN Respect Awards took place on Friday and fellow "Dancing With The Stars" contestant, Cher's transgendered son Chaz Bono, was among the honorees.
"I think what Chaz does is just incredible," Solo told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "He helps you be comfortable in your own skin. I grew up not being comfortable in my own skin and I really look up to somebody like Chaz who can say, 'You know what? This is who I am. You better believe it. You better accept me for who I am and I'll be your role model for everybody else.'"
After the GLSEN event, Hope and several girlfriends visited the World Famous Comedy Show in Hollywood, much to the apparent delight of several flirty male comedians, who later called on their Twitter and Facebook fans to vote for the soccer star on "Dancing With The Stars."
Last week, Solo and Chmerovskiy, 31, received a score of 24 out of 30 from the judges for their Tango in week 5, which carried a 1980s theme (read recap). The pair earned a score that secured them a spot right in the middle of the competition.
"I think I only hear the negative," Solo told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the performance. "We're working. We're working. What else can I say? When you start off, it's just, there's so much tension," Solo said. "I don't know, I don't think it's my best performance when I go first. Hopefully, that is the last time that we go first."
Contestant J.R. Martinez, known for his work in the military and roles in television shows such as "All my Children," and professional partner Karina Smirnoff earned the top score of 28 out of 30 for their Samba.
The seven remaining pairs will return on Tuesday, October 25 for an elimination episode where the sixth couple is expected to be sent packing.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).