Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great week! Thanks for voting for us!

First, I want to apologize for the delay. It's been a very busy week and unfortunately I didn't have time. I hope you all enjoyed the show last night. I think we set some sort of record for the most vast array of scores! All joking aside, I'm not trying to find the good in every bad. I'm kind of a perfectionist, but I can't not be happy for Kirstie. I can't be mad that it was the best dance. Yes, the steps were messed up. Yes, we were out of sync. But honestly, it was cool to dance next to her and to feel that positive energy. She was having such a good time that I don't need to worry about how good a performance it was. There have been amazing dances I've done in the past with people who didn't enjoy the process. Kirstie is truly embracing every second of it, so it's very cool and very nice to see that. I was genuinely very, very happy for her. I was trying to make sure she doesn't get upset afterward and she wasn't. She belonged out there. She allowed herself to relax and enjoy it. Eight weeks ago, I had a woman on a verge of heart attack who couldn't dance more than 20 seconds of a cha-cha. Now, she's out there performing a jive and enjoying the hell out of it.

I really hope fans and the audience could see Kirstie's excitement and enjoyment of the dance. I feel like Kirstie represents way too many people out there. They live vicariously through her. It's refreshing to see someone put in that situation. She's done it all. This is another chapter in her life that she's tackling with grace. I have the utmost respect and admiration for her. This show is a miniature version of life. Every experience we've had is tremendous and special. The way she embraces successes and failures is amazing. On the press line last night, she said that she wants to redo the jive at the showcase dinner I'm organizing for my students this summer. I'm kind of worried because I don't even think Madison Square Garden can fit everyone who wants to see Kirstie! We may have to broadcast something in Times Square!

Bias or not, I think our team dance was a lot better. We definitely had better lines. As for the package, I think everyone knows how producers pick out story lines for everyone every week. First of all, we were not unprepared. We've already done the cha-cha, so how could we be unprepared? Second of all, we're the happiest couple out there. We definitely have one of the best chemistry of all the partnerships.

People have been telling me and tweeting to me that I've changed and I'm so hard on Kirstie and I seemed happier this season. Let me tell you something — I haven't changed a bit. I am still the same person. I don't think I've changed since I was 14 when I first started teaching. I have a track record of amazing students. I have a track record of students who have achieved results. Until someone is going to fail under my tutelage, I'm not going to change. Yes, Kirstie cries and yes, it broke my heart. I did not want to see her to do that, but I expect that. The show is one of the hardest and most demanding things one can endure. She goes into it and embraces it. The thing I love the most is that she literally has thought about walking out the room, but came back. She came back with tears. I hate tears. It does something bad emotionally to me, especially when a woman cries in front of me. Kirstie, I can allow myself to be affected by it because it's difficult and because she needs me to be Maks and not someone who crumbles and says "OK, let's not do this. Let's do something easier." She wouldn't allow me to take it easy. I'm just really tired of addressing my teaching method. I don't expect anyone to agree with it. I don't think you should. There has to be a variety. I am me and I am this. Whoever has me will have me and will have the results I guarantee. If you want someone gentle, don't come to me. It's funny because Kirstie has said to me that she's heard from others how friendly and nice I am. I am friendly and nice, but I know what I have to do to get down to work to get results, especially under pressure situations like the show.

I think everyone did well last night. I think the rich is getting richer. It's becoming a little obvious about who's the top. Hines was amazing. Ralph did a good job. Romeo had a bit of a slip-up, but he's resilient. I think Kendra got a little underscored. Chelsea has been Chelsea since Day 1. Overall, I think it's an unpredictable season. Everyone at one point has been on the top and on the bottom.

I don't think it was necessary to have Donnie there. He tried to make a lot of jokes, but I'm not sure if he added anything extra that we needed. We've had guest judges before. I thought Michael Flatley was way too nice, but I think Baz Luhrmann did a good job. I think one time they should have me judge! I promise and I guarantee that I will be just! That'll never happen! I think at this point, we have the formula down. The fact that we're beating Idol means we're firing on all cylinders. Everyone is doing a good job. I just feel like this season is very positive.

As for the results, I'm never worried about anything. I've always said it's up to America. America is very educated on dance at this point. They can differentiate good and bad, but they also have to vote for their favorite. People are going to do what they're going to do.  We're providing entertainment for the fans. We have to stay in tune to what's happening around us, but we provide relaxation, visual stimulant three hours a week. My life at this point is all about Kirstie. I want her to walk out of here when it's all said and done having no regrets, in the best shape of her life, thinking she can accomplish anything. She is having the time of her life and I wish I could bring everyone into rehearsal and understand. If you just see a second of us in rehearsal, you would know that there is no drama at all. It's all fun and games. You may not get a "sex on a stick" speech, but it's fun! Everyone is still bringing that up to me and I think like any good comedian, you cannot refer back to a good joke. Everybody laughed and you have to move on. Kirstie keeps begging production to show some of my other speeches, so who knows! Maybe there'll be one tonight!

That's all for now! Thanks for reading!

Maks