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Maks Chmerkovskiy Talks With People And GMA About Judging Dancing With The Stars

Another interview with Maks! This time he talks with People.com on how he plans to judge tonight. More at the link including his thoughts on Kate Upton and more.

Chmerkovskiy, 33, says he was only passionate about protecting his teammate against the judges when he “felt that some things weren’t very just.” And now that he’s joining Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli on the panel, the pressure is on “to avoid being a hypocrite” after slamming their judging style.

“I have to be the person that I thought they should have been at the times I disagreed with their remarks,” he says. “It will be interesting for me to see, ‘Now you are in a position that you criticized before. Let’s see you do better.'”

Chmerkovskiy, who appeared on 13 seasons of Dancing with the Stars, says viewers shouldn’t be expecting him to take his hot-headed attitude to his judge’s chair.

“I’m not going to be as critical because someone’s kicks aren’t as crisp as they should be because I know who I am looking at and I see what their potential is,” he says. “I will do my best with constructive criticism and with giving positive reinforcement.”

And while he acknowledges that fan favorite comedian Bill Engvall “isn’t the best dancer this season” Chmerkovskiy says “there’s something to be said about how much effort he puts into his performances.”

ETA: And below you can watch Maks on Good Morning America. He sounds like he will be a fair judge, but, we will see??

ETA2: Below is Maks with Access Hollywood talking about judging:

November 18, 2013 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Daily Star Reporting Judge Len Goodman Wants To Quit Dancing With The Stars

On the heels of the new “Could Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Guest Judging DWTS Lead To A Full Time Job Next Season?” post, now we have a new article from The Daily Star with talk of Len Goodman quitting the US version of Dancing With The Stars. Here is more….

A source close to Len said last night: “He wants to quit Dancing With The Stars because he finds the ­travelling so tough.

“His time zones change dramatically every few days and when he does want to spend time off with his ­family he’s too tired to really enjoy it.”

Len married long-time partner Sue Barrett, 47, in a surprise ceremony in December.

He has judged on Dancing With The Stars since it launched in 2005 and it has made him a massive star across the pond.

Leaving will mean giving up the annual £250,000 pay cheque he gets for appearing on the show, which ­regularly tops 12million viewers for the ABC network.

But insiders say Len is determined to put his health first – and wants to ensure he can continue working on Strictly for years to come.

I don’t blame him at all if he wants to quit. As Heidi has posted (and I’ve experienced it too), that commute from England to the States can be a bear. How he (and Bruno) do it every week is a mystery. Be sure to read more at The Daily Star.

Adding: As much as I complain over his judging sometimes, this is making me sad if it comes true.

November 17, 2013 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Could Maks Chmerkovskiy’s Guest Judging DWTS Lead To A Full Time Job Next Season? (New Interview)

Sean, a friend of John’s, sent us a new interview he did with Maks Chmerkovskiy for his site The TV Page. Sean asks Maks all kinds of cool questions about guest judging Dancing With The Stars, if he misses dancing, what kind of judge he will make, etc. Sean also explores the possibility of Maks taking on judging Dancing With The Stars as a full time gig. This is such a great interview. Below are a couple of takes.

“It’s kind of cool that this has happened now,” he tells TheTVPage.com. “For the past two seasons there has been a lot of talk that maybe [the show and I] were on bad terms and whatever. So it was awesome to get this call and hopefully put all the rumors to rest.”

The controversial — and sometimes hot-tempered — dancer left the ballroom after the show’s “all star” season in 2012. In 13 tries, he reached the final round four times and was runner-up twice.

“I honestly never thought that I would have such a hard time letting go of dancing,” Maks admits. “But that is what happened. I may have sounded a certain way while I was [on the show], but then when some time passed and things calmed down and I got the time to do some other things that I was never able to do before because I never had the time, all of a sudden I started missing it. Now the show is coming in and asking me to try myself at the next logical stage of my career. And this is the next logical step. I am excited just for the opportunity to prove to myself that I can do it.”

During his thirteen seasons on the show, Maks, 33, often clashed with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“We all know how I was critical sometimes of the way they work and the things they say and how they were saying it,” he says. “This is an opportunity for me to sit in that spot and try to do, not necessarily better — because I am not saying they are doing a bad job — but to be the type of judge that I have wanted them to be. I am not a hypocrite. I have got to do what I criticized them for…and do it better.”

What kind of judge will you be?
In acting they tell you not to try to mimic somebody else’s voice and intonations, but to be you and try to find the best version of you. It is the same way here. I am just going be me — but older and wiser. And remembering that this is the semifinal and at this point everyone is exhausted and really going on fumes energy-wise. So maybe Bill Engvall isn’t the best dancer that is left out there, but he puts so much effort into what he does that it has to be recognized. At the same time, I gotta also understand that for me, I want to see the best dancer win. So there are people who are left who are in amazing hands whose pros have won it — some of them multiple times. I am just excited to see what the couples bring and I will pretty much decide on the spot. I have never been fake and I have never been scripted, so that is one thing you can expect: genuine me. My opinions and honest in everything that I say.

The obvious question now is “Will this lead to a full time judging job next year?
To be honest with you, I am focused on just Monday. I am trying to do the best job I can and we will go from there. I will continue to do the things I have already been doing. Whether it leads to full time anything is not up to me and it is not the conversation for right now because there is literally no conversation like that happening. Maybe the powers that be are thinking something, but I don’t know.

You can read much more of this new fascinating interview at this link. Let us know what you think and THANKS SEAN for sending this our way!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Maks Chmerkovskiy Interviewed About Judging Dancing With The Stars, Says Will Be On Best Behavior

Maks Chmerkovskiy was a guest on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live show With Carrie Keagan this morning to talk about guest judging the Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finals. First, he told Carrie he was relieved he wouldn’t have to judge his brother Val as he is “toughest on the people he loves the most”.

On what kind of judge he will make, Maks said he’s excited and he never thought he’d be a part of this foursome (judging with Carrie Anne Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli). He said he’s been a hypocrite when he danced on the show. Maks can be critical, but, he hopes to be fair as a judge. He also hopes everything he says will come out right and he will try and be on his best behavior. He knows how tired the dancers are at this point in the competition.

On who Maks thinks is the front runner, he names Corbin Bleu and praises Karina Smirnoff as being one of the best choreographers. He also gives Derek Hough big props too. He said Derek is a champion and says he always knows what to do to win during a finale.

Be watching VH1 as they may post video footage a little later.

ETA: Below is some video coverage:

MaksVH1

November 15, 2013 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 17, Week 9 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

I really have no words.  Leah getting 9’s on the first dance I could over look, but that Jive?? This show has gone to hell.

In what universe is she scoring only a point lower than Corbin and higher than Amber.

That’s all I got. Oh, and Kellie looks great. :-)

Discuss.

SPOILER ALERT!!

Okay, so the two in jeopardy were Bill and Liz…and Liz went home.

When are these people going to learn??  Leah’s dances were clearly sub par tonight, but they felt they just HAD to try (again) to get rid of Bill and protect her (Leah) with high scores. Really, her scores were the only ones out of line tonight, IMO. MAYBE, if they had scored her appropriately, she would be gone and Liz would still be there. Kinda hard to tell with all the elevated scores getting thrown around.

JUST WATCH THEM DANCE THEN GIVE THEM SCORES BASED ON THE DANCE. Or at the very least, start scoring them all on the Derek scale of “too much frippery, not enough content.”

November 11, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 8 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Well, in the first six minutes of the show, we have Cher singing to either a bad backing track or with a backing singer who is not good.

We have Cher who comes onto DWTS and brings her own dancers, with DWTS pros left to fill in.

We have Cher almost fall on her ass on the floor.

And one Cher costume change.

Then Corbin and Karina did a rather messy AT – lack of rehearsal time showed. It was so messy, but of course the judges rave.  He ends up with a 29 which is, IMO, acceptable for that dance. Bruno called it right.

Someone please get Jaymz off my TV. Thank you.

ETA: Come on!! Please tell me you’re not going to rave over a crappy V. Waltz!!  Dance number 2 and I’m pissed off.

Extra shitty camera work this week. Two big flubs and we’re only 20 minutes in.

ETA2: Are you kidding me? Leah beats Brant? In what universe?? I guess we need JLo in the audience for another week, eh?  Jack and Amber had the best dances of the night, Val was an idiot for vocalizing he wanted to pick Corbin or Amber, since Corbin wiped the floor with them.

So, Amber has immunity (which will hose her cumulative score, but whatever), Corbin beats Liz and Leah beats Brant.  Unless Bill pulls out a win, he is the most likely to be eliminated.  This show is so obvious sometimes.  I suppose it could be Liz or Brant – neither would surprise me.

ETA3: Got wrapped up in the comments and forgot to update to say that Brant was the one to go this week.  :::sigh::: There is no way Leah won that dance off. But she does bring JLo. I did get a sense of them getting real with her tonight. If not for Cher, she would have been tied with Bill after the individual round.

November 4, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 7 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Great opening dance by Mandy Moore!

The Big ANNOUNCEMENT is that Cher is performing and guest judging – BFD. I mean, really? That warranted me not missing the first few minutes?? You’re going to be pimping the crap out of it for the next 7 days!! Is Cher on a label affiliated with ABC/Disney???

Derek is dressed to Dance!!

Brant and Liz both use a shit ton of frippery and once again don’t get called on it. We’ll see if anyone does tonight. Wonder if Derek has any frippery.

Len is still in love with Liz.

Bruno says Brant went off time a couple times and still gives a 9. Right. AND he slipped on the skirt. Right.

Team Spooky Bon Bom is smack talking – biggest smack talkers usually lose.

ETA: Team FoxingAwesome easily wins the Team dance – wasn’t as close as the scores imply, IMO, just based on the fact that FA had actual dance moves in their dance. And Ballroom to boot.

SPOILERS!!!

Bill and Nicole were the last two standing – and I’m pissed that we lost the darling Nicole while Leah still darkens our dance floor.

Sorry, Rioters – I cannot celebrate with you. Nicole was a better dancer, even though I liked both couples very much.

October 28, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 6 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

That opening pro dance is pretty good – Lacey had been really good at that since she stopped competing as a pro. I refuse to give Benji (shudder) any credit. :-)

Man oh man, Bill got hosed on the song for a Tango. One of the worst hosings I’ve seen.  And Bill gets a 23. Remember what I said about Bill getting a 23? PRAY that I’m wrong about a few other scores, is all I can say. And hope Leah gets 21 or less.  Not counting the Switcheroo challenge crapola, that is. :-)

ETA: Any mention of the votes from last week is conspicuously absent. So far. Hmmmmm….

ETA2: Uh oh. Two dances in and I’m only off by one point.  Yikes.

ETA3: How many times has Leah removed clothing in this season??

ETA4: OMG, are F*&king kidding me?? They are trying to send Bill home, from the looks of it giving Leah a 27??  Len says he’s been lenient?? Crack is WACK!!  He gives Leah not only a pass but a 9. This is outrageous. That dance was a 24 at best, it was so sloppy.  Bet Len is not so lenient on Amber, regardless of what she dances.

ETA5: Okay, for those of you not watching, I was right that they do the dance in two groups of four couples. They just picked numbers and it’s Corbin, Nicole, Bill and Jack in one group and then Amber, Liz, Leah and Brant in the second group. If you win, you get 4 points and it goes down from there. That minimizes the damage from the marathon quite a bit, but with the scores they’ve already handed out? Shit.

 SPOILERS!!!

As I suspected when I saw the clock and how little time there was left, they called it all the way down to Jack and Bill, called Jack safe and then told Bill and everyone that no one was going home.  They threw out all the votes this week and no one goes home. But the judges scores from this week will be added in to next week.

NO, this does not change my utter disgust regarding Len Goodman.

Discuss. :-)

 

October 21, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 5 – Let’s Recap Tonight’s Show!! (SPOILERS)

Every week I’m dismayed that people STILL don’t understand how this show works. The only thing different this week is that Tom told us up front that a female celeb was the low vote getter. THAT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN A WOMAN IS GOING HOME!!  I don’t know how many more times I can explain this. :-)

The votes from last week AND the judges scores from tonight determine who goes home. Tom did NOT say a woman was going home, he said a woman was the low vote getter and MIGHT go home depending on the scores. All they are doing is ramping up the drama. If I were a betting woman, I would say Christina had the lowest number of votes, but they pimped and overscored her with a 28 and now someone else is going home. Like Bill or Brant. I would even bet that they low ball one of the women – Leah or Amber – for the sake of drama, and Bill or Brant still goes home.

I guess we will see soon. Discuss. :-)

ETA: My odds are looking kinda good….

ETA2: Well, now it looks like it might be Bill or Leah…but they may still get the shocker.  Hard to say.  LOL at the package about ringers.  Some people have very short memories.

ETA3: Liz does a kinda crappy Jive, gets overscored by Len after he lowballs Amber…and then is told she’s in jeopardy. Shit just got real.  Let’s see…put Liz, Amber and Christina in jeopardy and send Christina home. I’m often wrong, but I like to play. :-)

SPOILER Alert!!

This is where I gloat. Courtney and I have been saying for weeks that Christina and Liz were in trouble and both, along with Leah, were in jeopardy.

And Christina, with her high score of the night, was eliminated.

Discuss.

 

October 14, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 17, Week 4 – Cheesecake Bytes

Well, we have just a bit of cheesecake for you this week…

The Award for Petard Hoisted Pro, Week 4: Val Chmerkovskiy, for failing the Elizabeth stare down

Heidi: LOL – Val was so uncomfortable, it was written all over his face. The continual need to talk while Elizabeth was having her moment is a sure sign of extreme discomfort. I almost felt bad for him. But then I remember to cringe inducing rumba contemporary night with Kelly Monaco and got over it real quick like. :-) Really dude, after all the deep gazing with Kelly designed to highlight your faux romance (dude, do you DATE?) and making even Bergeron uncomfortable, you earned this cringe inducing moment.

Courtney: Elizabeth is…special.  :-) I know she’s kinda into method acting, hence this exercise in “connection” with Val, but staring deeply into someone’s eyes is a rather intimate activity – and I’m not sure it’s one that is really going to help a dance partnership.  That, and I think Val was getting a bit impatient – which I can’t really blame him for, since I think they could have benefitted with an additional 45 minutes rehearsal time instead of…whatever this was.  But yeah – I do agree with Heidi that it felt like a bit of karmic backlash from a year ago, when we couldn’t get the image of Kelly & Val looking all smoochy-smoochy off of our television screens :-P

The “Oh just shut UP, already!!” Award for Inability to Keep the Trap SHUT: Christina Milian, for her constant talking during the judges critique

Heidi: I mean REALLY, STFU!!! “Uh huh, uh huh, got you, I understand…” blah, blah, blah, BLAH!! Lord have mercy, woman, shut it!! Elizabeth is a bit strange, but seems nice, but Christina? My sense is that she overestimates her own importance and the importance of her words. Not only is that a VERY annoying habit she has there, it’s also a sign, IMO, of basic disrespect. Like if she keeps telling them she gets it, maybe they’ll stop talking. Your turn to talk is over, sweetheart, let the judges have their turn without the responses.

Courtney: What I found REALLY interesting was not so much her constant need to interrupt – but her expressions and body language in between.  Girl was staring some serious daggers in the judges’ direction – particularly when Carrie Ann & Julianne were talking.  Is Christina this season’s Regina George? Methinks she & Leah are about neck-and-neck for that title… Read more..

October 12, 2013 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)