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Dancing With The Stars Elimination Recap: Chaz Bono and Hope Solo Land In Bottom 2

The two lowest scorers this week on Dancing with the Stars found themselves facing elimination on Tuesday night’s results show. Chaz Bono and Hope Solo scored 19 and 20 points respectively on Monday and both faced harsh criticism from judges. Bono felt disrespected when Bruno Tonioli compared him to a “cute little penguin” while Solo’s partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy took offense to Len Goodmen declaring their performance the “worst dance of the season.”
Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer held their peace until they were away from the judge’s table.  “It’s a bit insulting. One judge in particular week after week paints me as this… I don’t know… chubby, cuddly little Ewok, little penguin. That’s not about my dancing,” Bono said of the name calling. “If you want to talk to me about my dancing and how I can improve, I have no problem with that. That would be fine!”
Chmerkovskiy did not hold his peace. When Goodman slammed Solo’s dance and pointed out that he had 50 years of experience in dancing, Chmerkovskiy snapped, “Maybe it’s time to get out.”
In the end, Chmerkovskiy’s outburst did not have a negative effect on Solo’s time on the show. He and Solo were declared safe and Bono was sent packing.
“I took so much away from this. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me I could do so much more than I thought I could,” Bono said after his elimination. “I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man, and I know that if there was someone like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different. I dedicate everything I did to all the people out there like me — especially the kids and teens who are struggling. You can have a wonderful, great life and be successful and happy.”

Backstage at DWTS: Chaz Bono "Upset" With Judges’ Comments While Mom Cher "Could Cut a Bitch!"

Looks like Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn’t the only dancer on Dancing With the Stars to feel frustration with the judges this season.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer still had a few choice words of their own to share with us after the show, and you won’t believe what message Chaz’s mom, Cher, had for the judges…

“We were upset, not with the scores but with the comments toward me personally,” Chaz told us after he got eliminated tonight, referring to Bruno Tonioli’s likening Chaz to a cute, fluffy penguin. “We thought we did a good job [last night].”

“The judges always have a favorite or two,” Lacey lamented. “We are just not that couple this season.”

So what went wrong? Why did the judges feel compelled to get personal? Chaz said only that he knows that their commentary certainly can affect the voting, and Lacey agreed.

“For Middle America who knows nothing about ballroom dancing,” she explained, “they look at these three judges and think they know everything there is to know about ballroom dancing. And when they make comments like that, it does influence how people will vote or support or view the show.”


Chaz Bono Speaks Out Against DWTS Critics

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Chaz Bono has spoken out for the first time about the criticism he has received since signing up for the 13th season of hit Abc show Dancing With The Stars.

“It’s made me realize I’m really glad I’m doing this, because America really needs to see this” he said according to Abc news. The transgender activist has been partnered with female professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer and has attracted criticism from fans and media groups with more traditional views. The 42-year-old has published a book called Transition which speaks about his experiences and believes his appearance on the show will help raise awareness of transgender issues “You know, it just kind of shows why for me it’s important to be on the show, because so little still is known about what it means to be transgender,” adding “there’s so many just completely inaccurate stereotypes and thoughts that people have.” The 13th season of Dancing With The Stars will see a variety of celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball trophy including actor David Arquette and Nba star Ron Artest.

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