Dancing with the Stars - Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a good week! Did you enjoy the show on Monday? I thought it was a great show.

As you know, we got a 21 for our cha-cha. I'm very pleased with our performance. Erin had to get this one out of the way. I think we did exactly we did exactly what we should've done. She came out and showed that yes, she's able, yes, she's capable and yes, she's nervous as hell, but she's going to come out and do her thing. I'm happy because nobody else can understand our situation. No one else knows how much we put into our preparation except us. I know how concerned she was about putting together a great performance.

People have been coming up to me about my comment in the video package where I say Erin is taking away my one pleasure in life — bitching at people. You should know that was not planned at all. The things I say, I never rehearse. I'm just myself. I think Val put it perfectly when he told me that I seemed more relaxed. He said, "Because when you don't have all your eggs in one basket, you're more relaxed about things." It's true. I've been so excited about work that I'm doing off-season that this season, I'm not like, "Oh my God! I have to win!" I'm just happy about it. I'm having fun and it shows. When these one-liners come out, I'm like, "Hmm, that's actually funny!"

Erin and I have a difficult relationship — not difficult bad, but difficult funny. We fight about absolutely nothing! We don't know what we fight about. I think next week's package, they're going to include an argument, and I hope they won't because it's awkward to watch people get into a tiff. But our tiffs are literally pointless. Ten minutes later, I'm like, "I'm going to apologize even though I have no idea what happened. I'm going to pretend I won, but I'm going to sound like you did."

Our foxtrot is coming along. We're trying to turn a tomboy into a princess in a beautiful gown and sneakers. We'll see how that goes! I tell Erin that what dancing does is it takes away your ability to speak. You can't verbally tell people what you're thinking or feeling, so you have to show them. You have to exaggerate your movement. You have to sell your emotional. She had zero idea what I was talking about. When we were in Atlanta, we went to see Alice in Wonderland (I love movies and honestly cannot choose a favorite!), and when Anne Hathaway's character came on, Erin was like, "Oh my God! I get it! I have to be like her!" I don't know if you saw the movie, but Anne's character exaggerates everything — the way her pinky goes up when she's grabbing a cup, the way she turned her head. In the real world, if you make exaggerated movements like that, people will go, "OK, you're insane." But in dancing, you're supposed to be insane! We haven't really tried in rehearsal yet though! I had a nightmare the other day that it was Sunday night and we didn't finish our routine. Then I woke up and realized it was Wednesday! It's refreshing because I was never like that. But I think it's good because if you're not dedicated, a positive outcome will not just happen by itself. Believing will not just make it happen. You have to put in the work. I'm not freaking out, but I am freaking out, you know?

I thought everyone did a great job Monday. It was an exciting show. I love the celebriquarium. They still have to work out the kinks of what they want us to do in there — sitting, standing or whatever — but I think it's a great interactive feature with the audience. It was just a very enjoyable show overall. No drama at all. Yeah, there's controversy or whatever with Kate, but honestly, Kate is a cool chick. We went out Sunday night. Tony and I are best friends, so we force our partners to hang out. No, just kidding! Everyone gets along great. We all have fun. There are people out there who don't like Kate, there are people who don't like Pamela, there are people who don't like Nicole or whoever. It is what it is. Everyone has haters, but fans too. The popularity factor of Pamela Anderson is going to rival anybody else's. I think we have to put her last in every show because she's a huge draw! I don't know if I'm going to credit her with our success. Our premiere got the highest Monday night ratings for ABC in nine years! They sent out a congratulatory email to everyone and Cheryl goes, "Well, everybody has a job next season!" I'm pretty sure Cheryl's not going anywhere!

I thought the judges were OK, but again, they have to stop with the disrespecting comments. When Bruno told Kate she looked like a shopping cart, she was visibly upset. Who wouldn't be? Chad went up to her later and said, "Kate, can I be your groceries and you can be my shopping cart?" And she just melted! It was really sweet. But it's comments like those that shouldn't be said. Len called Erin a "funky monkey." What does that mean? I'm going to assume it's good. We could do without anything that puts people down. It's not about Kate or Tony or my relationship with him. It's just in general. There were harsh comments that were constructive. Len told Nicole that even though she danced great, he thought there was no substance, her heels were bad, etc. Bruno and Carrie Ann loved it. Agree or disagree, Len gave her constructive criticism. Derek and Nicole can go back and figure out their technique for Len or continue to appeal to the same judges. But then you have comments like Bruno telling Chad that he has a huge, huge, huge personality. You hear the connotation there. You tell me if you think that was necessary. Hopefully they can stop doing that.

This week was also a big week for my family: Val turned 24 on Wednesday. We celebrated by talking on the phone because he's in New York! I used to get upset that I'm missing family things and holidays, but now, we feel like it actually brings us closer because we do miss each other. When we do get together, it's like, let's just have fun. It's sad we're not together a lot, but at the same time, it's cool because it shows that we've been productive and we're working and doing our thing. My dad's happy with everything that's going on with the studio. My mom's happy with the way we are. We're trying to convince her that it's OK to think about herself now! We're all grown up. I've been independent since I was 18 and Val is extremely intelligent, so he grew up quite fast as well. But mom never quite really grew up. She loves having her babies. It's cute, but I don't want her to miss out on her life. She did enough for us. It's something of an inspiration. That's the kind of parent I'd like to be. They're coming out a few weeks with our dancers for the U.S. nationals. Val is going to be here for a week and a half before with his partner because he's going to be on one of the results shows. We're going to have a good time!

That's all for now! Tune in Monday!

Maks