Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Dancing's Maks: Carson Is Perfect for the Show

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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

I think Hope was amazing on Monday. It was probably a little more than I expected because she was a little distracted the last couple of games and her commitment to the national team, but she pulled it together and it was perfect. It clicked. I'm very happy about our score. It was exactly what I wanted. I like the three 7s. I wanted to be in the middle of the pack, but I didn't expect 21 to be second from the top, so it was a pleasant surprise.

I thought the scores overall were good. I think it's one of the more even first performances we've had. We don't have a ringer or somebody who's a professional dancer this season and the judges didn't go overboard with their scoring. I think this season is anybody's for the taking. I really think that there are probably four people I see at the end. I definitely think that Hope has the potential. She has the ability to go all the way. I'm hoping that we just keep clicking and keep doing the right things. I think the combination of my pushy personality and her ability to take the rehearsal "punishment" the right way and not get, I guess, offended is what's ...
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Dancing's Maks: I'm Still Going to Pinch Tom's Butt

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Hope you had a great week!

Well, the big day is almost here. Everything's great. We've been busy the past few weeks traveling for Hope's pre-Olympic training and games. We're in Kansas City right now, where she has a game, so she's been splitting her time between dancing, training and competing. I'm just trying not to be too distracting! I feel good ...
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Dancing's Maks: What's Not Impressive About Hope?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great summer! My summer was very productive. I feel like when I put in a lot of work and I get exhausted and tired and whatever, the outcome is so satisfying that it feels worth it. And now — here we go again!

I am very excited to be paired with Hope. I sort of made a joke during the World Cup about wanting her to be my partner. I was like, 'Hey Hope, how about you do Dancing with the Stars?' I thought she'd be a good candidate. The media picked it up ...
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Dancing's Maks: Making the Finals Would Mean Validation

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Sorry for being MIA the past week! It has been really busy with rehearsals, especially with the semifinals.

I hope you enjoyed the show last night. I honestly think we've done all we could to make the finals and it's time to let the chips fall where they may. Kirstie did a wonderful job last night. I don't think anybody expected there to be ...
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Dancing's Maks: It Was Cool to See Kirstie Embracing the Jive

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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

First, I want to apologize for the delay. It's been a very busy week and unfortunately I didn't have time. I hope you all enjoyed the show last night. I think we set some sort of record for the most vast array of scores! All joking aside, I'm not trying to find the good in every bad. I'm kind of a perfectionist, but I can't not be happy for Kirstie. I can't be mad that it was the best dance. Yes, the steps were messed up. Yes, we were out of sync. But honestly, it was cool to dance next to her and to feel that positive energy. She was having ...
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Dancing's Maks: "Sex on a Stick" Monologue Was Brilliant

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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

OK, so the "sex on a stick" speech. I was auditioning for a Woody Allen movie or something! I don't know what was going on there. I think it had a little Vince Vaughn delivery. After I said all of that, Kirstie was like, "OK, don't ever do that again." It all just sort of came out. The thing is, where I'm from in the Ukraine, we are known for a certain sense of humor and satire. When ...
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Dancing's Maks: I Want This Week to Be Trouble-Free

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

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

First of all, sorry for the delay. It's been a very busy week and I've been feeling a little under the weather. It's getting to the point in the competition where the scheduling is catching up to all of us now. It always happens around this time of the season. It's one of those, "Oh, here we go again." I'm overdosing on Vitamin C and a bunch of remedies. There's no point of dwelling on it. You just have to get over the hump.

Well, I'll just start by getting this out of the way. Kirstie's shoe came off because she has lost a lot of weight since she started the show. She's lost a couple of sizes and basically her feet lost weight as well, as funny as that sounds. This isn't something you'd notice normally, but we looked down and the shoe looked like it ...
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Dancing's Maks: My Leg Is Fine

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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

Well, let's just get it out of the way. The fall was a fluke. My leg is fine now. It was a little bit of a pull. I was fine before the show and it was just something that happened at a bad time. I'm taking care of it and it's not going to be a problem. It was completely my fault. Kirstie did nothing wrong and I am so proud of ...
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Dancing's Maks: Kirstie's Kiss Was a Total Surprise

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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

I thought our quickstep was a lot of fun. And the kiss was a total surprise! I'm not kidding. We never even talked about doing it in rehearsals. But I think it made sense at the end there. Kirstie's funny. She's a comedienne and she went for it. It was as shocking to me as it was to everyone else. It was funny and fun. I think it shows that we have an amazing relationship and everything's going well ...
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Dancing's Maks: Kirstie's Performance Was One of the Proudest Moments of My Career

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great week!

What did you think of the premiere? Thank you in advance for all of your votes! I am so proud of Kirstie. I thought she did great and she was rewarded for all the hard work she put in. I had been saying that if everything goes well on the show like it had during rehearsals, she will shock everyone. People didn't know ...
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