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‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Hope Solo struggles during semifinals

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Hope Solostruggled during Monday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” the season 13 semifinals, despite her believe that a week learning three dances is when she’d thrive.

Hope’s lowest-scoring dance of the night was also the first dance of the night, her Paso Doble. Though the judges loved her attitude and power, they felt it deserved only a 21 because it lacked artistry and finesse, which viewers definitely saw. Although her second performance earned a higher score, a 24-point Argentine Tango, it was equally as awkward, if not more painful to watch. It had a lot of great tricks, but it seemed stiff. It seems safe to assume the judges scored it higher because the lifts were clean, but judge Carrie Ann Inaba took note of the lack of grace during most of those lifts. Hope’s final dance of the night was for the Cha-Cha-Cha relay, and it went about as well as her other performances had. Prior to Monday, her professional dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, said he was really worried going into the Cha-Cha-Cha, but who’s really surprised by that? It’s well known that shaking hips and shimming isn’t Hope’s thing; unfortunately, that showed on Monday night.

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Top score for the night went to Ricki Lake, who earned a 29 and a perfect 30, but it was Rob Kardashian who shocked us all by winning the Cha-Cha-Cha relay, which features all of the contestants performing the Cha-Cha-Cha during the same song. Does anyone else think Rob could run away with the Mirror Ball trophy this season? And if he does, should he thank his fans or his sisters and their Twitter accounts?

Want to Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango and Jive like the stars? Check out these New Hampshire dance studios:

Arthur Murray, Manchester - http://arthurmurraymanchester.com/

Great Bay Academy of Dance, Portsmouth - http://www.gbadance.com/

Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, Bedford - http://www.snhdt.org/

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