Well, the results are in….and we’ll leave a bit of white space so no one on twitter gets spoiled.
Chaz and Lacey are leaving tonight and I can’t say I’m very happy about that. But it is what it is.
Ordinarily after a show like last night’s I would wager that Hope gets much nicer treatment by the judges next week because they felt bad by what happened. BUT, after seeing the behind the scenes stuff tonight, I’m not at all sure that will be the case. Not a whole lot of pity floating around from the judges. We’ll see. Will they try to prove Maks wrong? Or will they hold a grudge??
Me? I was off by one and I think, if I remember correctly, Courtney got it right!!
With all the controversy of last night’s show, some of the show is getting lost. What about this phenomenal performance by Kristin Chenoweth and the pros? Huge props to Mark Ballas for the choreography too!! Unforgettable!! Thanks to Evaine and Heidi for this special request!
Len Goodman sat down with Access Hollywood this morning to chat about the comments he received from Maks last night. He feels after sleeping on it that Maks probably feels bad about what happened. In defending himself, Len feels he is the “biggest defender of the pros” and he has nothing but “admiration” for the celebrities for taking on a dance show like this. He also says he is good buddies with Maks and he understands who he is and that he has a firey way about him. Access Hollywood shows Len a poll they ran this morning where Maks is winning on who was right or wrong. Len agreed with it saying he’d vote for Maks for the win too. lol Well, I’m glad there are no hard feelings with Len. For whatever it’s worth, I hope both sides learn something from what happened.
In Part 2 of our interview posts after last night’s dances, we have Carson Kressley on Good Morning America. Carson is calling last night’s show “Max Gate”. LOL!! Carson gets serious and says Maks probably over reacted, but, “he’s Maks” and it’s understandable when you feel the need to voice your opinion in “heat of the moment”. Carson also thinks it’s all “subjective”. He also discusses who he thought danced the best. He’s a hoot as always. More below….
Louis Van Amstel also reviewed the night in his new blog at ABC. He thinks Ricki, J.R., and Rob are “absolutely safe”. Below are his thoughts on Hope, Maks, and the rant Maks gave to the judges. More at the link for his thoughts on all the other couples more in-depth.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Rumba. I love Hope and I think she’s in a difficult position. Somehow, I believe Hope is totally being confused by too many cooks in the kitchen. Hope is trying her absolute hardest, and she did a good job with her legs. I saw a great attempt at personal intimacy. There’s no chemistry between them as a couple, but I believe that comes from the atmosphere during rehearsal. I can so understand why Hope is totally confused. It doesn’t matter how long a celebrity takes, with patience you can achieve so much more. I agree with Carrie Ann. I agree with Len’s comments but, even if I do agree with Len’s comments, it’s a rule the judges can only criticize the pro’s. Boots don’t help a smooth leg action. Bruno, you’re going to tell Maks how to do the Rumba??? Hope, I love your answer to Brooke. Please be yourself and don’t let anyone change who you are. Wow, Maks, I know what you meant to say when you said “it’s my show,” it just came out the wrong way. The scores are a little low. I would have given a 7 and 8.
As a pro, if you talk back to the judges it always makes you look like the bad guy, even if you’re right. I’m not saying I agree with Maks tonight, because I actually don’t. Len never really explained why he said Maks was part of the problem, because he cut Len off. These discussions, in my opinion, are good because this was real. But, often times, Len blurts out statements that are so fabricated. I wish it was always real.
Overall: Ricki, J.R. and Rob are absolutely safe. David is pretty safe. I don’t know how much viewers will let the episode between Maks and the judges influence their votes. Otherwise, I still think Hope is pretty safe. I’m worried for Chaz the most and, if it’s on pure dancing, I’m worried for Nancy. If the audience votes on performance and growth, Nancy will be safe. Tomorrow night is going to be interesting.
And here are the Access Hollywood interviews….
Derek and Ricki chat about their performance and the process they went through to pull it off. Derek gives his thoughts on Maks’ heated words to the judges. He has “two minds” on it being there is a lot of pressure. He said he snapped at the judges once and learned not to do it. He basically thinks it’s best to hold back and roll with the punches since everyone has to take them.
Lacey and Chaz are clearly upset with the judges. Lacey is supporting Maks 100%! (I’m still fuming over Bruno calling Chaz a “penguin”. I agree how it’s not right to criticize what they look like.)
Maks doesn’t regret anything he said last night. Even if he’s wrong in some people’s eyes, he has a right to his opinion for what this Country is about. He thought the judges have been unfair and he said so. Love or hate him, he’s not going to change.
Be sure to watch this video by PopTVDotCom as well. There is a great interview with Tristan in it. Tom and Tony also address the “controversy” of last night. Maks pretty much avoids Henry’s questions when asked on the fight with the judges. I believe Maks is with Daria? She is so beautiful!
If you are anxious like I am, let’s get right to the new interviews with George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. He asks the couples on their dances, their progress since week one, and how they each feel on Maks’ rant to the judges!!
First, below is Ricki and Derek with their reactions to their dance and the judges criticisms. Derek says they appreciate and are glad the judges liked their dance last night. Derek explains how much Ricki has improved since the first week and she’s “right on track” for where he wants them to be. Ricki said last night’s dance was her favorite thus far. On Maks, Derek didn’t agree with what he did. They are seasoned professionals and know the show. “Disrespecting the judges is crossing the line.”
Chaz is upset and is as sad as his face looks because of the judges low scores of his dance which he thought were unfair. Last night’s critiques, were “the icing on the cake”. Lacey supports Maks for what he had to say to the judges since he said what a lot of them couldn’t. She also mentions how unfair it is that some people received a “9” who didn’t deserve it while they pick on Chaz.
George asks Maks and Hope on her progress. She thought last night was a “break through” even though no one else thought so. Maks was happy with their dance. Maks talks about his rant. He just wishes the judges were “on the same page with everyone” when they judged. When he was taught to judge in ballroom, he was taught to be fair and judge the people and not their personalities. Hope ends the interview saying she had fun this past week and hope it continues.
Nancy is doing the happy dance after she and Tristan received a “9” and after learning they are in 3rd place. She and Tristan address Maks’comments to the judges. Nancy says when working in the courtroom you had to learn to keep tight lipped when the judges made a decision. Tristan says he understands both staying quiet on it and wanting to defend yourself. “There is no right or wrong on it”. They talk of their progress from week one. They are pleased with her handstand.
J.R. and karina are beyond excited and happy over their two “10’s” last night. They go through their progress since week one and how much J.R. is learning on his journey. If they could redo a dance, Karina would choose the Jive which she thought the judges were too harsh about when they only got “7’s”. J.R. thinks the judges have been fair to him for the most part. What they’ve said, he’s tried to work on.
Rob was as comfortable as he could be “shaking it”. Derek pops in to say and joke that “Rob was robbed” last night. George puts Cheryl on the spot asking her about Maks comments. She says Maks has his opinion and she agrees that it would be nice if they didn’t get criticized for trying to make their partners look good after they’ve worked so hard.
David starts the interview saying he was disappointed on his dance last night. He’s hard on himself, but, Kym and George commend him and his high energy. On Maks, David understands the pressure of the show and how it can make people passionate. He also says a little drama doesn’t hurt a reality show.