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Hope Solo lifts skirt on Dancing with the Stars

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Judging from the rehearsal package on Dancing with the Stars Monday, getting soccer star Hope Solo to bring her sexy back was like pulling teeth for partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But, come show time, the pro soccer player brought it big time by wearing a sexpot outfit and performing a very sassy move (at least for her): She lifted her dress! “This was totally her,” Chmerkovskiy told reporters afterwards. “I just said to do something sexy and she did it.”

Though their number earned 24 out of 30 points, Judge Len Goodman still called it too provocative. “Let’s all be honest here,” Solo said after the show. “I like to wear sweats and hooded sweatshirts. My sexiness is different than what the judges want to see. I have my confidence and I have my confidence in what I do. But this is not what I do.”

In fact, the self-proclaimed introvert and shy girl admitted that letting out her sexy side was “one of the hardest things

I’ve ever done in my life.”

“Say what we rehearsed,” Chmerkovskiy interjected.

“I am sexy,” obliged Solo. “I might start meditating to that.”

Solo doesn’t always appear to defer so easily to her partner. But viewers aren’t getting the full story, she insits. “Sometimes I think my communication might come across maybe a little misunderstood,” Solo explained. “But I’ve said it from day one that I have so much respect for what he does, the way he trains, the way he is as a dancer, as a coach. But it doesn’t always come across that way. I never wanted to show disrespect but I truly, truly admire Maks.”

Offering up further explanation to some tough rehearsals, she admitted. “I have an attitude. It’s what I do. I’m edgy. I have an attitude.”