Tuesday, September 27, 2011



When it comes to performing on "Dancing with the Stars," anyone can have an off night at any time.

Only problem? It shouldn't be the judges who miss their steps.

In what might have been one of the most bizarre nights of the show's storied history, several pairs - including professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy and celebrity partner Hope Solo - were on the receiving end of what what perceived to be inaccurate totals during Week 2 of the competition.

Solo, one of the stars of the United States Women's National soccer team, and Chmerkovskiy led the night off with a perplexing score of 19 points for their Jive, which was performed to "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne.

That total puts Solo and Chmerkovskiy in the bottom four in eighth place after finishing alone in third during the opening of the Season 13 edition of the show. Right below the pair with 18 points are both Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, as well as David Arquette and Kym Johnson.

Sitting in last place with 17 points are Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, who finished with the same score in Week 1 getting the same exact scores from judges Carrie Ann Inaba (six points), Lee Goodman (five points) and Bruno Tonioli (six points).

What was most disappointing was Solo and Chmerkovskiy were one of two couples (the other being J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff) who took hit on their scores from the questionable judging instead of garnering totals higher than what they deserved.

The most glaring beneficiaries of the judges doling out of scores that came in higher than deserved were Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, who managed to muster 23 points from the judges on a night when their Jive was no better than a 20 or 21 for a total. And 23 points vaulted them into first place by themselves, all but locking their spot in Week 3 of competition.

The other pair receiving far better scores than deserved were Cheryl Burke and Rob Kardashian, who stunned many when his sloppy Jive led to a score of 21 points, putting him two points behind the leaders. Burke carried Kardashian from start to finish in the dance, which essentially went gone unnoticed by the judges. They, too, can sleep easy Monday, as they should comfortably advance on the show.

Solo and Chmerkovskiy should be safe with their score, due to the pair's large fanbase and how close the competition has been thus far, and advance to Week 3 of the competition. However, getting the maximum amount of votes from viewers is essential as they continue to chase the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Just ask actress Sabrina Bryan from Week 5 of "Dancing with the Stars" how important votes are when it comes to advancing on the show.

You can continue voting for @maksimc and @hopesolo on @dancingABC by calling 800.868.3408; AT&T text 'VOTE' to 3408; and, online at www.abc.go.com.

- Jeremy Pond, Publisher
- Courtesy photo

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