‘Dancing With The Stars’ Final Three Revealed
First Published: November 15, 2011 11:29 PM EST Credit: ABC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- There’s just one week left of competition on “Dancing with the Stars” and the three celebrity finalists set to duke it out for mirrorball glory have been named.
(Spoiler – this story contains the results of Tuesday’s elimination on “Dancing with the Stars.”)
Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian are the trio who will battle toe-to-toe next week to succeed NFL star Hines Ward and his Season 12 professional partner Kym Johnson as the newest champs of “DWTS,” while it was Hope Solo who got her ticket home on Tuesday night.
“This competition is one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of, so I’m grateful. It was an amazing opportunity,” Hope said after learning the news that she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were going home.
While sad to leave the show, Hope said she was looking forward to her next journey.
“I’m gonna go back and try – instead of winning the mirroball trophy, I’m gonna go try and win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics,” she said. “Why not repeat, right?”
It was a headline raising run throughout Season 13 for the soccer star and her outspoken partner, Maks.
Just a few weeks ago, Maks lost his cool, taking on Len Goodman and the judges for what he considered an unfair point-marking system across the contenders.
“With all due respect, this is my show. I helped make it what it is,” Maks said after the judges gave the pair their marks for a rumba to “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” on October 24. “I love every aspect of it, I love every professional that’s ever been here and I love every celebrity that puts effort into every week. Having said that, I’m a little tired that we’re being judged, some on effort and some being picked on, on heel leads!”
And Hope actually referenced Maks’ now-famous comment, following her elimination on Tuesday’s results show.
“Maks was amazing — the producer of the show — I have to thank you, Maks, for casting me to be on your show,” Hope smiled.
“Dancing with the Stars’” Season 13 finals kick off on Monday night at 8/7C on ABC.
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