Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Dancing's Maks: I'm Not Cutting Melissa Any Slack

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

How are you? Hope you had a great week! Thank you for voting for us! 

Now it's Week 4 and we're getting into the thick of things. I would normally say this is when things start to get serious, but it's been serious ...
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Dancing's Maks: I'm Not Putting Expectations on Us

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone,

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

It was great to be the first ones declared safe and we only have our fans to thank for that. Thank you so much for your votes. We're thrilled that you guys carried us through. The support has been overwhelming.

As for our score — it is what it is. I'm kind of done addressing the judges. We get a score and we take it. That's that. We are happy with our performance. We danced for Melissa. She has a lot of potential that she doesn't think she has. I'm really ...
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Dancing's Maks: Melissa Has a Lot of Potential

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you all watched the premiere! What did you think?

I can honestly say it was one of the best season premieres I can remember. I can't think of anyone who didn't impress me — everyone was so good! I love that the level of dancing is so competitive this season. I love that it promotes the skill and beauty of dance. I can imagine how tough this season is going to be for the fans, when deciding who's going to ...
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Dancing's Maks: I'm Having a Fantastic Time with Melissa

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

I'm back! Hope you all had a great "off-season," so to speak.

Mine was fantastic and very productive. I did the Men's Fitness cover, which I must say is the highlight of my entertainment career so far. When I got the call to do it, I thought it was a joke. It was something I always wanted to do because I love the magazine and what it represents, and I always wanted ...
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Dancing's Maks: We Did All That We Could

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great week! Thank you so much for your support and votes this season.

We came up short, but it is what it is. Life goes on. I've been getting lots of questions about why we didn't do Jimmy Kimmel and GMA, and it's not a question for us. People are in charge of that stuff. 

One thing I want to emphasize in all of this is that I don't ...
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Dancing's Maks: Hope and I Have Gotten Stronger

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you're well! Thanks for voting for us!

Hope and I are so excited to be in the semifinals. I know a lot of people didn't see this happening a few weeks ago, but we've persevered and it's because of you guys that we're here. Just like any other couple, Hope and I have had our ups and downs. Yet through our discrepancies I feel that we've only gotten stronger. Working past our differences has allowed Hope and me to respect and appreciate each other on a very high level. I don't regret anything that has happened this year.

Right now, I'm only focused ...
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Dancing's Maks: I've Moved Past the Spat with Len

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you're doing well! Thank you for voting for us!

Sorry for not blogging last week — we got tied up in rehearsals. It was tough since it was the first week with two dances, so I guess there's twice as much to cover now.

So let's just get down to Monday night. First off, I want to say that I really do feel blessed and privileged to be part of the show. This is my family. This is something I have dedicated myself to for the last six years of my life and I'm definitely not taking it for granted. It's something ...
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Dancing's Maks: Chynna's Elimination Was Discouraging

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone,

Hope you're well! Thanks for voting for us!

We have the tango next week and rehearsals are going great so far. It is '80s week and I didn't really want to incorporate anything, but producers insisted. I mean, an '80s tango just sounds weird. But I have a good idea and a good story.

I thought Hope did an amazing job with the foxtrot. She was great and we're ...
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Dancing's Maks: Hope Is Sex on a Stick in a Different Way

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

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

I'll be honest, I wasn't that nervous being one of the last two couples standing there. Hope was really nervous, but I felt like we had a lot of fans and they're really loyal. I was really calm. I just made fun of Hope for being nervous! It was pretty hilarious. I love how she's cool as a cucumber during penalty kicks in the World Cup, but she's sweating bullets standing under a light on a reality show. We're proud and grateful to be here another week. I think Hope has a huge, exciting fan base with young girls, many of whom are athletic and want to be in sports. She feels like she's representing for them on their behalf — they're not one-dimensional, but they're tough, strong, athletic, feminine and sexy.

I've stopped thinking about the results. You can't control them. Was it Kristin's time to go? Probably not. But we've had this type of result before where people who danced better get ...
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Dancing's Maks: We Were a Little Discouraged By the Judges' Comments

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

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

I am really bummed Val and Elisabetta left. I was worried about him — we worry about each other all the time — and when he got eliminated, I felt bad because I want to see him win and do well. We're competitive by nature and it's hard to accept stuff like this at first, but you do and move on. It's not ideal, but he will be back. I thought they did a great job with their quickstep, but unfortunately, nobody knew her. They relied on getting a good score, which they got, but a lot of other people got good scores too, and it was a close spread, so that's where the fan bases make the difference.

As for our scores, it is what it is. I am more concerned with the judges' comments. I thought they were discouraging, not just for us, but other celebrities and pros. I understand when harsh criticism is deserved, but with ...
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