Dancing with the Stars is now down to three teams, as Hope Solo was sent home on Tuesday night.
The soccer star and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, found themselves at the bottom of the scoreboard following Monday's semi-finals competition, receiving a combined score of 49.
This competition is one of the toughest competitions I've ever been a part of so I'm grateful, it was an amazing opportunity, Solo said after the elimination.
We have the most amazing fan base. I'm gonna go back and try, instead of winning the Mirrorball Trophy, I'm gonna try and win a gold medal . . . why not repeat, right? she added.
The night before, Solo, 30, and Chmerkovskiy, 31, delivered the Paso Doble and Argentine Tango, in addition to a group Cha Cha Cha performance.
Some of the turns, you were spinning . . . control is as important as energy, judge Bruno Tonioli told the team following the Paso Doble.
Following Tuesday's elimination, Chmerkovskiy apologized for not doing enough for his partner.
Thank you for your determination and will and everything else. And I'm sorry, I wish I could've been better for you. It is what it is and it's been an amazing journey, he said.
Chmerkovskiy has been by far the most outspoken professional dancer on the show all season long. During week six of the competition, the Ukranian dance champion sounded off on stage in response to some harsh comments from the judges.
I'm not being disrespectful. I'm just protecting my partner, he said at the time.
Things didn't end there. Chmerkovskiy went on to give himself credit for putting together this season of Dancing with the Stars.
This is my show. I helped make it what it is. 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, Chmerkovskiy said.
On Tuesday, Chmerkovskiy seemed to have his emotions controlled, despite the elimination.
THANK YOU! To all the fans that voted for @hopesolo and me! Its YOUR show! Without you we don't exist! And congratulations to the finalist! he wrote on Twitter.
Following the elimination, Solo and Chmerkovskiy took their final dance, as Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez watched on.
While Lake has been a favorite to win all season, Martinez has been receiving a lot of praise for competing in the show with a recent injury. During rehearsals for this week's performance, the actor and former U.S. Army soldier twisted his right ankle. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff ended up with the week's second to lowest score of 56.
The ankle is better. I had an x-ray taken this morning and it came back negative . . . I'm looking good, I'm excited and relieved that America voted us through, Martinez told , following the elimination show.
The remaining three stars and their respective partners will compete on Monday for the ultimate Mirrorball Trophy.
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