I finished, dillydallied for a while, and I was like, "I want to move a little! I love Dancing With the Stars, and if I’m available, I want to do it. Us: In interviews in 2011, you accused the show of favoring Derek! [Laughs.]Us: Cheryl, you were bullied for your weight in 2008.
So, short of taking f--king salsa lessons, I might as well go do Dancing With the Stars! MC: I just literally said everything that everybody else thinks. The producers have changed, and it’s different now. Production has said to me, honestly: “People are complaining, so we’re going to give you this partner, because it seems more difficult.” Then I ended up winning. CB: People are like, “Derek has six Mirrorball Trophies! When I won my first two seasons, people thought it was being rigged. MC: I’m the person who will say something and just move on. This guy says some s--t, and then everybody is like, “Oh, my God, what did he say? But I’ve benefited tremendously from speaking my mind. I have a new understanding that there is more than one way of getting things done.
Back in 2011, Hope Solo competed on Dancing With the Stars along with fan-favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her coach and partner.
The duo performed respectably, finishing in fourth place, but their working relationship is remembered as one of the most volatile in the history of the show.
“But over a period of, let’s say, 10 years, people all come back in some way, saying, ‘Hey, we haven’t spoken in a decade, but I understand where you’re coming from, and I want us to continue being friends.’ I have a 100 percent return rate.” Us: So, why return to the show? I went to Japan and did a show called Love the Floor, and it brought back my love for dancing. Us: The pro-partner relationship is intense, almost like you’re a real couple. CB: Well, we do dry-hump each other for what seems like 24/7 for a few months!