- - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hope Solo eliminated in ‘Dancing’ semifinal

Soccer star Hope Solo has been kicked off of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Ms. Solo was eliminated from the ABC ballroom competition Tuesday after finishing in last place during the semifinal performance round, the Associated Press reports. Dancing for the mirror ball trophy Monday will be actor and Army veteran J.R. Martinez, TV personality Ricki Lake and reality star Rob Kardashian.

“Instead of winning the mirror ball trophy, I’m going to try and win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics,” a smiling Ms. Solo said after learning her fate.

Ms. Solo won gold in the 2008 Olympics.

She didn’t seem quite as happy during Monday’s semifinals. In backstage footage shown Tuesday, Ms. Solo was seen complaining about her scores and telling the judges, “Kiss my booty.”

Ms. Solo and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy came into Tuesday’s episode with 49 points - nearly 20 points less than first-place finisher Miss Lake.

Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which contestant is sent home each week.

Each semifinalist performed two routines in addition to competing in a “cha-cha relay,” where all four couples danced to the same song.

Mr. Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke won the relay and finished second overall. Miss Lake and her partner, Derek Hough, came in second place during the relay. Mr. Martinez was third and Ms. Solo was last.

Ms. Solo said Tuesday that “Dancing With the Stars” is “one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of.”

She joins previously eliminated contestants Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley, David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Chynna Phillips, Elisabetta Canalis, Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) and Kristin Cavallari.

New CBS morning show to strike a serious tone

CBS is rebuilding its morning franchise in another attempt to escape the ratings cellar, betting on a sober-minded news broadcast behind hosts Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King.

According to the Associated Press, the new program, which has not been named, will replace “The Early Show” from 7-9 a.m. and will debut Jan. 9.

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