Dancing With the Stars Results: Did the Right Couple Fall Just Short of the Finals?

Any Dancing With the Stars fan with at least two functioning senses — or an ability to interpret the true meaning of the “cha-cha relay” — knew exactly which three couples Len, Carrie Ann, and Bruno wanted to see competing in next week’s Season 13 finals. But did America use their veto power to reject a Ricki-JR-Rob showdown, and give Hope Solo a shot at the mirrorball trophy?

Let’s see how the results played out:

Last Two Couples in Jeopardy (Though Not Necessarily the Bottom Two)
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff (cut to me preparing to speed-dial my sister Kathy for an impromptu therapy session)

Eliminated
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (and the dreams of those hoping for one more dose of bared Chmerkov-torso in 2011)

“Instead of winning the mirrorball trophy,” said Hope, “I’m going to go try to win the gold medal this summer at the Olympics.” (To which Carrie Ann Inaba responded by stirring an eye of newt into her cauldron and cackling with glee.)

Maks, for his part, owned up to his shortcomings in a partnership that ultimately failed to live up to its pre-season hype. “I wish I could’ve been better for you,” he said. Here’s hoping the bad boy of the ballroom brings his patented brand of surly to Season 14. It just wouldn’t be the same without him, no?

What did you think of this week’s result? Was Hope the right choice to go home? Did you momentarily freak out that JR might get booted? And who will and should win the Mirrorball next week? Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!