Dancing With the Stars Recap: J.R. Martinez is Perfect, Hope Solo Steps it Up

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The eighth week of Dancing With the Stars' 13th season saw J.R. Martinez achieve perfection not just once, but twice, serving notice that he's in this to win it.

"Justin Bieber, I will never say never," he said after receiving all 10s.

J.R. looked pleased after his waltz, and for good reason. Then he capped off the insta-jives with another second flawless performance, giving him a 60 out of 60.

Yeah, he's safe tonight. Everyone else? Let's find out in THG's DWTS recap:

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

After a strong first performance that earned them 27 points, Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a jive that was energetic, bouncy and a bit out of control.

According to Bruno and Carrie Ann, anyway. Len Goodman, though? He left out of his seat in his attempt to emphasize just how "bloody brilliant" he thought they were.

Seriously. Then Maks actually walked over and kissed Len on the cheek in one of the fall's funniest and least likely moments, given his lingering feud with the judges.

Their combined score of 52 was good enough for a second-place tie with Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, who ruled the last two weeks but didn't quite step it up Monday.

The judges were all fans of Ricki Lake's waltz, but Len warned she'd never get "a 10 from Len" unless she tightened up her footwork. Somewhere, Maks was smiling.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

Right behind them in fourth place is Rob Kardashian, whose opening quickstep was cute, but suave, as the Kardashian clan came out in force to support him.

Yep, Bruce and Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick and little Mason (on Aunt Khloe's lap) were all there. It's a big fam.

Finally, Nancy Grace appeared to accidentally graze Tristan MacManus' crotch at one point during their tango, but aside from that, delivered a strong effort.

For her, that is It's all relative, and her Round 2 jive left plenty to be desired.

Here's a look at how Monday's Dancing With the Stars scores shook out:

  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: (30, 30) 60
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: (28, 24) 52
  • Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: (27, 25) 52
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke (27, 24) 51
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus (24, 20): 44

Who do you think has danced his or her last routine? Do you agree with scores, from top to bottom? Is there any way Nancy doesn't get the boot tonight?

Comment below, and vote for who you think will win!


I find Rickki and Derek's attitudes annoying. Rickki is not enjoying her time and the X-ray showings are over the top. Derek is the judge's pet and an arrogant jerk. From day one, we all knew JR was winning. I think Hope has done amazing. DWTS showed all the negative film they could find on Nancy Grace, gave her lower scores than she deserved, and Len sealed the deal by sending her home BEFORE the fans even voted. Len hates the fans' oppinions. DWTS should drop the voting by fans,the fans would loose interest, DWTS would be cancelled and Len could keep his crumpy butt in England


GO JR you rock !!!! Rickki is sooo annoying , she is not going to win sorry girl !! JR has the whole army, marines and air force plus all of America voting for him !!! So cry all you want Rickki your not going to win !!!!


Becky is 100% correcr, JR is AWESOME!!!!! JR, you take the whole competition baby...you're the BEST!!!!


JR is awesome!!!!


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente