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Dancing With the Stars: Maks Fights With the Judges

Maks Chmerkovskiy, Len Goodman

"Maksgate." That's what ousted celebrity dancer Carson Kressley is calling the dust-up Monday night between pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy and two of the three Dancing With the Stars judges... read more

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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Gymnast Alicia Sacramone, MLB's Jose Reyes Posing Nude for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue

Alicia Sacramone

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone, baseball player Jose Reyes, soccer player Hope Solo, football player Steven Jackson and NBA player Blake Griffin are among the athletes posing nude for ESPN The Magazine's third annual Body Issue, USA Today reports.

More than 20 athletes will appear naked (with their private parts strategically covered) in a section of the issue titled "Bodies We Want." The issue, the magazine's annual "exploration and celebration of... read more

Watercooler: An Open Letter to DWTS and Other Reality-TV Time Eaters

Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli

Dear Reality Shows,

Listen, we need to talk. It's about these two-hour episodes, the twice-a-week commitments, the extended eliminations, the reunions... all of it. Our DVRS are tired, and so are we. In other words, it's not us. It's you.

Used to be that TV shows were once a week, and two-hours long only if they were, like, special episodes or season premieres. Now, it seems that every ...
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Dancing's Maks: Carson Is Perfect for the Show

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everybody!

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 Tom Bergeron to Chaz Bono Critics: Chill Out

Dancing With The Stars, Tom Bergeron

If there's one guarantee every Dancing with the Stars season, it's this: There is always a backlash against one contestant.

"They're freaking out about Bristol Palin. They're freaking out about Kate Gosselin. They're freaking out about Nicole Scherzinger. Now, it's Chaz [Bono]. Pick a season, pick a freakout," Tom Bergeron tells TVGuide.com. "Just relax already. It's a ballroom show, for God's sake! I have no idea why Chaz being on is a problem. I sort of expected there to be a reaction, but nothing this big. Chill out."

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Still, it's not the massive hostile response to the ...
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Dancing's Maks: I'm Still Going to Pinch Tom's Butt

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hey everyone!

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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