Maksim Chmerkovskiy Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Hi everyone!

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

We are hard at work on the Charleston and it's going to be a good one! I know my initial reaction was like, "Aw, crap!" But when you think about it, the other option was rock 'n' roll, and the Charleston is much better for Kirstie. She's having a lot of fun with the dance.

I really enjoyed the whole dance selection segment, but the problem was, none of us could hear what Tom and Brooke were saying on stage! It's so loud in there, so when they explained how it was going to work, none of us heard it. Afterward, I went up to one of the producers and asked how the order was selected and they explained it was the cumulative score and the lowest couple picked for the highest couple and then vice versa. It's obvious they wanted the lower couples to sabotage the higher couples by giving them silly dances, but nobody really did. Nobody tried to put someone down. Plus, I don't think 10 seconds is enough time to strategize like that. Louis actually came up to me after the show and said, "Hey, are you really upset we gave you the Charleston? We think it'd be good for you." And I said, "No, not at all. It was just in the moment. I don't think I would've been happy with either right then." But overall, I thought the idea itself was funny and it was different from what we normally do.

Kirstie picked disco for Sabrina and Louis, and of course, she had no idea what she was doing. I don't know if you were able to hear on TV, but I was whispering to her, "What do you want to pick?" And she goes, "Oh, disco! I love the disco!" I was like, "Babe, that's not for us. We're picking for them." She had no idea what was happening — she never does! I feel like everybody accidentally got a good dance. I'm so looking forward to Val and Kelly's contemporary.

I'm so happy for Val that he's made it past the third week for the first time. I love his and Kelly's partnership. I love that they have emerged as a surprise contender, if you can even say that in an all-star season. I love their chemistry. I've known Kelly for a long time and she's a good friend. She's got an amazing story, from her youth to how she got to where she is now. I'm glad that audiences are recognizing them as a couple that's up there. We have no idea what the vote totals are, but I really hope there's a strong fan base behind them. I do wish that they would reveal the votes at least. I do believe that everything's fair, and if it's not manipulated, what do you have to hide? In a season like this, votes are more important than ever.

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