Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Melanie Brown by Carol Kaelson/ABC Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Melanie Brown by Carol Kaelson/ABC

Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn't one to dance around the truth. When asked by TV's Extra if America got the final three right going into the last week of Dancing with the Stars, he says, "I think Jennie [Garth] was better than Marie [Osmond]," who is still in the competition. "Frankly, I think there are a lot of other people better than Marie."

At the of the day (or Tuesday night, more accurately), who should be crowned champ? Maks believes his own partner, Melanie Brown, "should win," noting, "She's hands down the best dancer left... [the] most capable, most natural." Alas, as often happens with reality contests, true talent can get trumped. "History shows [ Dancing's celeb champ is] either a cute man or somebody with a huge fan base and I think Marie has both Helio and Mel's fan base combined times five."

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