Maks Chmerkovskiy tells People to let set someone else be dramatic on Dancing With The Stars. He wants nothing but smiles and laughter and to be drama free. I am liking this new Maks.
“Listen, I’m a sweet guy,” the 34-year-old tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m just intense at work. I have nothing but the end result in mind. My entire career has been like that. I have come to realize very late in my DWTS career that that doesn’t exactly translate in television format. People are tuning in to see the progress and what happens during the rehearsals and don’t want to see drama.”
But viewers love the drama!
“Well, I think I’ve given the viewers enough drama in the last nine years,” he says. “Now I want to give them a season that’s drama-free – nothing but smiles and laughter and a great time. Let somebody else be dramatic.”
Chmerkovskiy credits his new partner, Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis, for his change in attitude. “I’m having a blast with her,” he says.
More at People including more of his thoughts on his partner Meryl Davis and why he’s back.