Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone,

Thanks again for your comments. Let's get right down to it, shall we?

I've gotten a lot of reactions about my tweet last night about Mya and Dmitry's paso doble looking similar to mine and Mel's. There is no way I'm going to get out of this sounding like an angel, but that dance was copied. I'm flattered, but contrary to what people think, I am not upset about it and don't look it in a negative light. It was a fantastic dance and I didn't say anything derogatory about it. Mel called me yesterday and I got messages from thousands of people on Twitter about it. Mel loved it! We both loved it! They did their thing. I was like, "Bam! Awesome!" Mya's an incredible dancer and it was a well-deserved 30. To my and Mel's supporters who are mad, don't take it personally. To everybody who's mad about my tweet and think I'm insulting Mya and Dmitry, please read it again. I never said anything bad about her dance. Not one bad thing. Why would I be upset? This is not the first time someone's emulated it. On top of that, the paso doble's a very generic dance. A kick or a pivot is not necessarily copying all the time; it's doing paso doble.

Mya and Dima had a great paso, but their freestyle was a disappointment. Dmitry dropped the ball. What happened was what we thought may happen: Mya danced incredibly with what she was given. Maybe it's Dima's inexperience or coming off So You Think You Can Dance affected him, but he didn't approach the freestyle properly. This is your chance to showcase your dancer. After all this time, you know what viewers are looking for, what the judges are looking for. I agreed with the judges. Mya did her thing, but there was no showmanship about it. It stayed on the same level. Nothing really exciting happened in their freestyle, which is supposed to wow you. I am impressed with Mya's dance ability, but I am not impressed with that dance. I love Mya. I've been a fan of hers from the beginning. She's the best dancer on the show. That's the case since day one. But this is Dancing with the Stars and I'm going to go out on a limb and say she's not going to win.

I don't think the Mega Mix will make a difference. The results were exactly what I've been saying in terms of dance ability.

I think Kelly will probably end up in third place and I'm OK with that. I think she and Louis are OK with that too. She was such a joy to watch during all her dances. Unfortunately during their freestyle, Kelly was so oiled up from the fake tan that she started slipping out from Louis' grip and that's why she had those fumbles. But the best part about it was that she laughed through it all. She didn't let herself be bothered by it and you can tell she wanted to enjoy the moment and go all out. She's the Cinderella story, the underdog who nobody thought would be there, just riding that wave. She's won over a huge amount of fans and a lot of friends all due to her personality. I congratulated Louis with his first final. Making the final is a big deal for us. It's a level of achievement. He worked with Kelly's strengths and weaknesses very well. My favorite aspect of Kelly's performances was that she kept it very light. Her mood was excited and it was very cool to see.

That leaves Donny, who I'm picking to win. I think that he peaked at the right moment. He had problems last week with his mess-up and how he completely lost it during the dance. Everybody looked at him, going, "He really needs to bring it in the finale." And he brought it. We all watched his cha-cha backstage and the first 30 seconds — with the hip action, legs, locksteps — made us all go, "Wow, look at him do this!" He went all out. What I like about him is that he also went all out lightly. He wasn't tense or tight. It was great to see him happy and smile.

His freestyle is exactly who he is. He's an old-school entertainer with new-school ability. He withstood the test of time and in the package he said he wanted to show he can keep with everyone despite his age. Age is no limitation. He's in great shape. It was exciting, it was showy, fun to watch and met your expectations and more. That's the difference between his and Mya's freestyles. Watching Mya's freestyle was like watching a professional performer, expecting something fantastic, and it wasn't what you expected. You expect something incredible and amazing, but you only get a generic dance. It's a letdown. Was it bad? Not at all. But there was no excitement, no tricks, no lifts — it's the freestyle, so throw a few in. It wasn't a show-dance like Donny's was. I applaud Kym doing her thing. She put it all together and made it suit him perfectly.

I know Mya disagreed with Dima on what she wanted to do in the freestyle, but at the end of the day, I think it's the choreographer's choice to make the final decision because we're the ones who have to choreograph it. Dima had an idea with Hairspray. That's fine, great. It's a great idea with a show-stopping song. I have no problem with that choice; I have a problem with the execution. It was fast and going non-stop, but it was a blur. You vividly remember things from Donny's performance, but nothing from Mya's. You just remember them doing things next to each other. You can remember Donny's performance and the kicks, the lifts and how they started at the stairs. That's the difference and that's what decides it in viewers' minds. The scores also reflected it. The judges were very sound and valid with their scores, which I was happy to see.

I will miss the after-party and the episode because I'll be hopping on a plane back to New York with Kym to rehearse for Burn the Floor. I can't wait to get back and get onstage. Our theater is not very large, but it's intimate and there are 1,000 enthusiasts every show. People are standing and clapping. There's a huge crowd outside and we've had to hire more security. We literally were causing traffic. It's very rewarding. I can't wait!

I also want to make clear that there is no competition between Dima and me, like people have been implying and suggesting. I'm sorry if my criticism of Mya and Dmitry has offended you, but there is no competition or jealousy between us. I don't compete with anybody but myself. My biggest competition is me and the goals that I set out for myself. I want everybody to relax, enjoy life and enjoy Dancing with the Stars. For everybody who thinks he's cuter than me or hotter than me or a better dancer than me, congratulations. I never said I was the hottest thing, the cutest thing or the most amazing dancer. I have never advertised myself. "I would've done that better." Never! I give my honest opinion — my opinion. It's an opinion of one person who is educated enough to give his opinion on this matter. If somebody wants to debate with me on ballroom dancing, technique, showmanship, footwork, music choices, move selection, costume selection, anything Dancing with the Stars, bring it. I will go as far as setting up a separate forum board to debate. But please, when you debate me, don't accuse me of being jealous of Dima or Derek or Mark or Tony or anyone. You have to come to me with a legitimate statement.

I have to say my favorite class in school was debate. I was trying to learn English and it was a challenge, but a fun one. In order to prepare for a debate, you have to be well-read and well-spoken during it. You needed your language skills at a certain level. I loved when I could formulate sentences that had a complete thought. My problem was that I could never pick a side, whether it was on abortion or some political issues or anything. It's not because I didn't know which side I belonged to, but those are strong matters, and I could argue both sides. I had that devil's advocate side to me. It's about the whole argument, but it's about proving your point and bringing it across. I pride myself on the fact that I can because of where I come from and we weren't allowed to express our opinion to this extent.

I'm blessed with the fact that people understand me, or understand me better than they have before whether it has been through Twitter or this blog or other media. No matter how much I try to stay politically correct, I fail. I read it back and I say, "This isn't me." I want to say this, so why do I have to settle for this? There are a lot of people who say things, but they don't say anything in their message. They're just talking to fill up the time. I made the analogy before about ESPN anchors saying something generic that has no meaning. I don't want to do that. I love exercising the freedom of expression. I'm free to express my opinion. If someone doesn't like it, I respect that. But nobody will ever shut me down.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading!

Maks