Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to share my thoughts and stories with you this season. First, thanks to everyone who has voted for Debi and me. We are working hard every day. Our next dance is the samba and it's going great! I think she's finally getting the hang of all of this. It's a hard dance and requires a lot of precision, but at the same time, it's a lot of fun. I think Debi will do a great job. She did a wonderful tango last week and  she's getting better and better, and I love that. That's what the show's all about — improving every week.

Last week, we were in the bottom two. I don't know what happened. I don't think about that. Everybody has their fan base and maybe hers is smaller. We're doing our part, but at the same time, you never know. It's a huge cast and a lot of people are torn over who to vote for. I think it was good for us. It was a wake-up calls to our fans. If somebody wants to see us stay in the competition, then they should vote. And quite frankly, if less people want to see us, then I guess we shouldn't be there! But the funny thing is that Mel B. and I had the same exact thing happen. We were in the bottom two and the next week we were doing the samba and we never looked back. So fingers crossed!

Debi and I are still having amazing fun together. She's one of the smartest people I've ever met — just very professional and incredibly generous. She's helped me through so much. I think it's fate that put us together because in the last couple weeks with my situation and personal life, she's been there. One day, when I was really, really bad, she was like, "OK, you have to come over now. I'm making you a homemade meal." I said I was OK. She said, "Listen, this is not an invitation, this is an order." So I said OK. She can cook! Her husband is amazing. I walked in and she's pulling out this meat with vegetables in it. I don't even know what it is. I'm like, "Dude, where did you get that from?" And she's like, "Oh, you know, I just read some recipe and some other recipe and long story short, I just made it up." Some people just have talent. My talent is to pull a bunch of steps together and make it into something. She can put stuff together than you will never even think of as a combination for a meal.

Our "story line" last week was that I made her cry, but for the record, Ms. Mazar cries about seven times a day! She's hard on herself, emotional, very affectionate, very affected by things. That's not to say she's weak; she's one of the strongest individuals I've ever met. But like in every single season, we practice for six hours a day, so you have 35 hours a week that's compiled into a 40-second package. This season is very difficult. She found it a little overwhelming. Did I help? No, I didn't. I had to make a choice of whether to back off and risk not being ready for Monday or to continue to push her knowing that she understands and she's not going to take it the wrong way. She gets it. That's the understanding that we have, and we're fine and having a great time.

Then there was the infamous slap, which was very funny! I was trying to teach her the idea of reaction in the tango with the head snap, so I said, "I want you to slap me." My idea was that she was going to go for a slap and I'll catch her hand, but before I finished saying "slap," she just went plow! I didn't even know what happened! I was like, "Did you just slap me?" So they cut all of that together. It was fun — nothing malicious. In 50 years I'll look back on everything as an amazing experience and say I got slapped by an amazing actress on national television. It was hilarious because the producers started laughing and they're supposed to be the flies on the wall — not noticeable.

I also want to mention some of the other couples this season now that we've seen everyone dance. I think we have some great talent here. Mya is absolutely incredible. Donny Osmond is exactly who Donny Osmond is supposed to be: an entertainer. He's one of the most dedicated people I've met because he's backstage practicing all the time. I have the utmost respect that guy. I think Louie Vito is still going to prove himself. He and Chelsie are so cute together, and they're turning out to be great friends. He's so cute — he comes up to me all the time for help. This week, he has the rumba and he has his shaggy hairdo that he's not going to cut (and he shouldn't), so he wants help with it for the rumba. His parents came up to me in the press line on Tuesday and they were like, "Maks, can you help Louie because we don't think he looks as good as he should?" I said of course I would, so we're working on his look. They want me to come to his wardrobe fitting so I can see. And Chuck Liddell is just a monster! He's so good. I'm wondering how well he's going to do with something more gentle like the rumba, but his tango was great. I think Anna did an amazing job. We definitely have a lot of people who can go far.

That's all for now. Make sure to watch and vote for us Monday!