Will fans keep Dancing with the Stars “DWTS” Maks Chmerkovsky on the show after his comments last night. Everyone gets upset, but were his comments inappropriate? The judges on “DWTS” are similar to referees at sports games. Does it show good sportsmanship when players get upset with the referees? Should Maks get fined for making the inappropriate comments? Are the judges being unfair or does Maks have a bad attitude? If Maks was upset with the judges, do you feel he should have addressed the situation with them privately?
According to Carol Glines, Dancing with the Stars bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy shocked fans Monday night when, angry about judge Len Goodman’s harsh critique of his performance with Hope Solo, he told hostess Brooke Burke, “This is MY show. I helped make it what it is.”
After the show, Maks justified his comments to the press and even threw more fuel on the fire, calling Len “an idiot.” But his former fiancée, fellow “DWTS” hoofer Karina Smirnoff, who dances with J.R. Martinez this season, dissed him on the red carpet and implied that Maks should take a chill pill.
But Maks was spewing nothing but unhappiness after Monday night’s show, telling reporters, “I’ve had enough. Say ‘it wasn’t my cup of tea, it’s not my type of rumba,’ give us the score, we’ll take the criticism. Don’t tell me, ‘it was your worst dance of the season’ ‘cause you’re an idiot and you know it’s not true. I’ve also danced for 27 years and I’ve won more titles than Len ever even participated in. That’s not to disrespect his opinion because we’ve all been here for 13 seasons and they also judge the English show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and I respect where they come from. I’m just not going to sit back and let my partner get disrespected. Me, personally, you can say whatever you want but they won’t.”
The dancer refused to back down, saying, “I pride myself on the fact that I never change. I think I got smarter, more educated, but the integrity is still there, my morals. I’m very clear with what I stand for.”
The veteran “DWTS” pro added “there’s a huge double standard” on the show. “Always has been. That’s why I keep losing amazing dancers in early rounds.
“The judges have their favorites, always have.“ When asked if the judges ever socialize with the dancers, Maks said, flippantly, “I don’t know. Maybe they hang with whoever their favorites are but I never hung out. I’m very cool with Bruno.” Perversely, he also claimed: “I’ve always been great with Len. Len’s the only one who comes from a ballroom background and I really respect his opinion when he talks about frame. But for Len to call me personally out like that tonight got me very upset.”
Detroit residents watch Dancing with the Stars tonight at 9:00pm on ABC to see if Maks goes home.
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