After the premiere of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars,” Olympic soccer star Hope Solo, a former “DWTS” contestant, is saying the show is rigged, Radar Online reports.
The accusation is not much of a surprise, especially coming from Solo, who claimed that her professional dance partner on the show, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, hit her during practices.
The 31-year-old athlete is alleging that while she was on the 11th season of the show, the producers (not the voters) decided who would leave and stay each week.
Chmerkovskiy and Solo had a stormy relationship on the show but were able to finish their stint with a fourth-place finish.
In her new book, “Solo: A Memoir of Hope,” the athlete stated that her partner became irate after receiving a “secret memo” that they were going to be eliminated.
“Maks later told me that he had argued with the judges because he had been told we were going to be eliminated, that there was some secret memo going around that said who would be ousted each week," Solo wrote. “He explained that he wanted to cause some drama on the live portion of the show so that they wouldn’t be able to resist keeping us around, hoping for more fireworks.
“It seems to have worked -- we weren’t eliminated that week.”
According to insiders, the producers are furious with Solo, saying "she made up the allegations merely to sell books," and ABC may take legal action against the Olympian for what she wrote in the book about “DWTS.”
Chmerkovskiy continues to be a professional dancer on the show and is currently paired up with fan favorite Kirstie Alley on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.”