Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a great week! Thank you for all your votes!

First, I want to address this right off the bat: Brandy and I get along great. She did not throw me under the bus at all on Monday's show when she said it was "my fault" during the judges' critiques. Nobody threw anybody under the bus! It's called humor. I got it, and it's really unfortunate that her quip has now turned into us supposedly hating each other. I think it all snowballed with the dramatic video package they showed for our rehearsal on for our confessional. In the confessional video, we were going back and forth about being mad and we started laughing at the end, but they didn't show that on TV. I totally get that producers have to create story lines for everyone each week, but all of that, I think, went a little too far. They tried to force a fight and drama that weren't there. I talked to the producers afterward and they agreed it was too much.

I've seen couples fight, throw stuff around and not talk. And that's just not us. Brandy and I are friends. Sure there are times we don't get along, but who doesn't? The point is: We don't hate each other. I've always been very close with my past partners. I'm super close with Erin, Mel, Debi, Denise and even Tia Carrere from back in the day. If they were people I don't like or were rude, we wouldn't be in touch. I'm just hoping people can drop it. I feel like every season, if it's not a romance rumor with my partner, it's a "they don't get along" one.

Honestly, we were upset about the way we were portrayed. Because of it, a lot of people have told me they think we were rude to each other. You don't know me and you don't know us together. Don't judge us based on an edited clip you saw. Come spend an hour with us in rehearsal and you'll see how we really are. Brandy always gets extremely nervous right the second before we dance, but we were definitely distraught by the package. This is not who we are. It was just like, what is going on? I'm not going to say that's why she got nervous during the jive, but maybe it affected her. I'm not trying to make excuses or anything. We got three 7s. I'm very much OK with them. . I told Len right away that Len's not going to like the solo, but we decided to risk it. I don't think she wasn't pointing her toes, but I understand where Carrie Ann's coming from with the shoes. But we don't point toes in jive. This was not the jive that I've seen Brandy do. We agree that she did a lot better in dress rehearsal as well. No matter who you are, it's a live show. You get the jitters. If you don't, that means you don't think about it or you don't care about it.

This week, we're starting fresh and moving on from the fake drama of last week. It's storytelling week and we have the samba. It's going great. We're working on our story. It's from a movie that we both really love. We actually have a lot in common and started talking about this movie one day and both said that it's our favorite. It may be a little cheesy, but we're on Dancing with the Stars! We're going to start with a little reenactment of sorts, then go straight into the samba. I'm hoping a really good samba and then finish with a great ending. It should be good. I believe she's is one of the better dancers out there. I have make sure she doesn't get scared on the day of.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Michael Bolton and Bruno. I think Bruno was totally out of line with his comments. He wasn't out of line with the score of 3. People are not upset about the 3 or about the fact that Michael didn't dance well. It was the delivery of Bruno's comments that everyone's upset about it. He has to understand that you have to relax. You're sitting on a pedestal looking down at someone, telling them what's good and bad, and you forget that it's a fake pedestal. Recognize who you're talking to and how you're talking to them. These celebrities are professional and they are people. They're people who are working really hard at doing something they've never done before. Nobody's slacking off. It was the best he could do that day. I just feel like Bruno thinks it's good TV to be controversial. Maybe it's true, but it's not good for the person who's getting b----slapped on national TV.

One thing you guys don't see is that some of the celebrities walk off stage and literally cry. They've put in 40 hours of rehearsal time into something they've never done. As a format, they have to try to become the best dancer they are or can be. They spend all this time and they're not good. Fine, they're not good, but don't say, "That's the worst I've ever seen, here's the 3, don't come back." That's not what he said verbatim, but that's what he meant. The meaning wasn't, "You're a great dude and I appreciate the effort you put in, but unfortunately that was not a good job."

What Bruno said Tuesday was right — that he has to judge dancing without looking at who the person is. But you have to choose your words well. Tell people what they did wrong. The critique should not be about putting him down. This falls in line with the judges being inconsistent. He gave Michael a 3. Fine, but give a deserving mark to somebody who was just as bad. Don't try to find the positive in others when you try to find the negative in someone else. Michael's jive was bad. But there were people who were just as bad and they got a lot better scores. For the last couple of days, I've been answering phone calls and texts asking if the judges are scripted. They're not. "How come this got this and somebody else got this?" I can't answer that. For my own piece of mind, I want to be naïve and believe they're not scripted. If it's true or not, I don't know.

Honestly, I think the whole feel of Tuesday's show as off. They spent time on Bruno calling out Michael and then the whole thing Sarah Palin. I was talking to Derek and he said it just felt weird and there were too many things going on. That all just took attention away from the dancing. I hope that changes next week.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading!

Maks