Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy said goodbye. (Adam Taylor/ABC)

Even though they made it to the semi-finals, Hope and Maks hadn’t exactly been on too many “favorite couple” lists this season, thanks to their respective bad attitudes — and not the good kind that makes reality TV fun.

“This competition is one of the toughest competitions I’ve ever been a part of,” Hope said after Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet gave the couple the bad news at the end of the show. And Hope couldn’t resist reminding everyone of her post-”DWTS” Olympic plans: “I’m going to go back, and instead of winning a Mirror Ball Trophy, I’m going to try to win a gold medal this summer!”

Still, Hope might deserve a medal of her own for putting up with Maks, who famously told judge Len Goodman to retire earlier this season, and then took credit for the entire “DWTS” operation.

“Thank you for your determination and will. ... I’m sorry — I wish I could I have been better for you,” Maks told Hope at the end of the show, in an attempt to sound humble.

“Maks was amazing — the producer of the show, I have to thank you, Maks, for casting me to be on your show!” Hope faux-gushed. We hope no one lets him live down his “this is my show” comment.

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This means we’ll see Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian (!) in the finals next week for the last performance show before the 13th season finale on Tuesday night. In the meantime, other results show highlights:

* Even though they openly mocked Rob and Cheryl’s silly parade float that kicked off their samba, the judges choose the couple’s samba (complete with a giant inflatable rainbow)as the encore dance of the night. Len says it’s because Carrie Ann wants to see more “booty shaking,” which has been a recurring theme this season.

* Carson Kressley returns! The former contestant returned to be the personal assistant to the costume designers for this week’s “design-a-dance,” in which the viewers choose all the elements for the professional dancer performance on results night. (The viewer choice? Derek and Anna paso doble-ing to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Excellent choice, America.) Anyway, Carson gets his own montage at a costume store, spending $15,000 worth of fabric and putting it on Tom Bergeron’s tab.

* Battle of the performers: Along with tons of laser lights, Cobra Starship had a keytar player, so that scored a few points. Plus, the dancers kicked the judges out of their seats so they could shimmy on the judge table. Keytars and laser lights were much more entertaining than the night’s Inspirational Story, which involved a group of talented male dancers who were always teased for being dancers and featured a random appearance by Kenny Wormald from the new “Footloose.” But the winner of the night was a segment by the Muppets — even if it was a blatant plug for their movie. But really, how can you be annoyed at a Muppet? Plus, Tom Bergeron showed off his host skills by bantering with the puppets, who, in fairness, had more charisma on screen than Brooke.

* During some backstage footage from Monday night, we see that Maks seemed pleased when Hope openly scoffed at the judges . “7?” Hope asked the cameras in disbelief after the judges’ scores for her sub-par samba. “You can kiss my ... booty,” she finished, remembering she was on network TV. Cue even more condescending remarks from Hope when the judges gave the pair all eights for their middling tango. “Whatever .. .give us your little eights,” Hope snapped.

We have a feeling that maybe, just maybe, the judges won’t be sorry to seem them go.

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