Maks Chmerkovskiy chatted with OK! Magazine about why he’s more relaxed this season because of partner Meryl Davis.
OK!: It seems like you’ve come into this season more relaxed. Is that because of Meryl?
MC: It definitely has to do with Meryl but it also has to do with the fact that I spent a year realizing that this sucked me in. I’m way too involved in things that I do and this show just took a lot out of me. It took me a year to understand not every season is a winning season. You should be able to enjoy things you’re given. We’re only as good as our celebrity partner, and that’s very hard for me to swallow. I’m always relying on me first and foremost. There were partners I literally dragged as far as I could and it was not reciprocated and it was definitely not appreciated at the end. That took a lot out of me. I lost all sense of fun and this was just a grueling job that was just a contractual obligation. I came into this season with absolutely no competitiveness in mind. I’m not trying to win anything. I’m just having fun. And then I get Meryl and everything comes together—it’s a brilliant combination.
Not sure I agree that they are only as good as their celebrity partner. Maybe it’s the other way around and that the celeb is only as good as the teacher who shows them how to dance?
More at the link including his thoughts about the Switch up dance.