Below is a new rehearsal interview with Access Hollywood and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater!! They ask them how they feel about Maks Chmerkovskiy judging this week. They are class acts and fun as always. I love when Bill asks if Maks will be taking his shirt off. Hilarious! They ask them on their journey too and if they can win. Check it out! ETA: If you can’t see the videos below, go here.
Below are more details about the Dancing With The Stars Season 17 semi-finals from Broadway World via ABC. Note how Mandy Moore will be choreographing the opening number again. Kerli and Noah Guthrie will perform as well (I love “Sexy and I Know It”).
Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom and for the first time participates as guest judge alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli on “Dancing with the Stars” first ever plugged/unplugged night MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
Not a stranger to expressing his strong opinion, Maksim is sure to unleash his unique brand of critique during the intense semi-final competition. The night will begin with a spectacular opening number by Emmy Nominated choreographer Mandy Moore, featuring the pro dancers. The couples then must rise to a new challenge and perform to two different versions of the same song. In the first round of competition, the couples will perform either a Jazz, Paso Doble, Cha Cha or Tango routine to an original or “plugged” version of their selected song. In round two of competition, the couples will perform either a Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango or Rumba routine to an acoustic or “unplugged” version of that same song. Special musical guests will accompany the unplugged performances including singer Kerli, who will perform a version of Fall Out Boy’s “My Song Knows (Light em up),” and Youtube sensation Noah Guthrie who will perform his popular cover of “Sexy & I Know It.” At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
And here comes this rumor again! I don’t know what to think since sometimes TMZ is a good source for info for Dancing With The Stars? HELP! If this is true, I don’t think it’s right. Having Maks guest judge during the season might have been one thing, but, on the SEMI-FINALS? NO! Let us know what you think?
ETA: Stay tuned to GMA! Maks publicist is reporting there will be news on Maks. Note how she is very pleased and is supporting the TMZ rumor at her twitter.
ETA2: It’s true!!! Read this tweet from Good Morning America!! (Thanks to Amber Riley News for the heads up on this tweet)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has really big disco balls … ’cause he’s not only returning to “Dancing With the Stars” — but he’s going back with a bigger job … TMZ has learned.
According to our ballroom sources, Maksim will make a surprise appearance Monday on “DWTS’ … as a guest judge.
We’re told the show’s former dance pro will be sitting right next to Bruno, Len and Carrie Ann during the semi-final performances.
More at TMZ.
According to We Love Soaps, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Carrie Ann Inaba will take part in Hallmark’s first ever “Kitten Bowl” which will premiere Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. More details below and the link. Sounds cool. I love cats and a lot of them need homes.
Hallmark Channel, the heart of TV, is pleased to announce the latest celebrities joining the kittens out on the field in Kitten Stadium for its first-ever KITTEN BOWL, premiering Sunday, February 2, 2014 (12—9 p.m. ET/PT). Hosted by TV personality and animal advocate Beth Stern and the official radio voice of the New York Yankees and Emmy winning host of Yankeeography and Yankees Classics on the YES Network, John Sterling, who serves as the official play-by-play announcer joined by Renée Herlocker, KITTEN BOWL promises to knock your fuzzy socks off with an abundance of today’s stars across all aspects of entertainment including film, television, music and sports. Some of the brightest stars and TV personalities joining Hallmark Channel’s first annual KITTEN BOWL include Regis Philbin, Rachael Ray, Hoda Kotb, Lisa Vanderpump, Bob Harper, Chuck Nice, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Carrie Ann Inaba, Nicky Hilton, Kelly Rutherford (GOSSIP GIRL, GENERATIONS), Aiden Turner (ALL MY CHILDREN, Manhattanites), Cory Kalanick, Julian Starks and many more to come!
This is too fun if you haven’t seen some of these pics yet. Some of the pros and cast members of Dancing With The Stars dressed up to attend some Halloween Parties in the last several days. Snooki attended the “Night Of The Living Drag” at Providence in New York City while Derek Hough, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy (along with their friend Alex Sanders who provided the pic below at twitter. Kate Upton was there too) attended the Casamigos Halloween Party at the home of Mike Meldman in Beverly Hills, California. You can view more pictures of them all at Pure Derek Hough, Zimbio Pictures, and The Daily Mail. Don’t they look fantastic? Former pro Julianne Hough has made some headlines with this costume too. If you know of anyone else who dressed up, let us know in comments.
ETA: Derek Hough also attended Kate Hudson’s Halloween Party last night. You can view some big photos in high quality at Pure Derek Hough at this link.
In an interview with Today, Maksim Chmerkovskiy talks of Val’s new clothing line and how he’s been working to sharpen his acting skills. There is also talk of him judging Dancing With The Stars. Even though he hasn’t received a phone call or an offer yet, he’d welcome it “with positivity and smiles.” Below is more about how he’d be unbiased….
If that were to happen, Chmerkovskiy would be put in the same position Hough was in when she sat at the judges table — having to dole out criticism and score a sibling pro. For Hough, it was brother Derek (who’s partnered with Amber Riley). For Chmerkovskiy, it would be brother Valentin (who’s dancing alongside Elizabeth Berkley).
The question is, would he be up for the unbiased job?
“Absolutely,” the older Chmerkovskiy responds. “Because I wouldn’t be judging my brother — I’d be judging the celebrities and what they are showing us.”
Hough’s remarks were encouraging and positive during her one-episode stint, with the possible exception of her quip about her former dance partner and childhood pal, Mark Ballas, being a bit too much of a showman. The statement generated lots of publicity. Chmerkovskiy insists he’d be supportive of the dance pros and their partners because he’s been in their shoes.
“I’d never be detrimental in any ways with my comments,” he said. “I know the effect that has. I’m not going to go after the pro and say, ‘You should have done a better job,’ because I know how difficult it is.”
More at Today.
Pro dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy is dancing for the troops in a new USO project. He speaks about it with ABC 13 Wham about how the project came about.
Maks is also asked about what else he’s been doing since he’s not doing Dancing With The Stars. After this project, he is travelling to Russia to help judge Miss Universe which takes place November 9th. Maks is also using this time to learn acting skills. Lots more at ABC 13 Wham.
If you ‘d like to help support the troops with this USO dancing project, visit USOdance.org.
ETA: Maks was also interviewed by CBS. You can watch a video and read on it at this link. Below is a snippet from the article where he talks of Dancing With The Stars and if he’s keeping the door open….
And he’s keeping the door open to return one day: “I never walked away, slammed the door…and said, ‘I’m never coming back.’ I think eight years of doing something — the type of person I am, I am not gonna be there until they tell us the show is off air and we’re done with it, or until I feel like I can’t dance anymore. I want to be able to capitalize. We all know why we’re there. Everyone is doing something to better their lifestyle, to better their life. Period.”
The Ukrainian-born dancer has been trying to better his own lifestyle these days. Chmerkovskiy is taking some acting classes and says he hopes to take on speaking roles in theater and film.
“I’m not doing anything to prove anything to anybody. I just want to see if I’m capable of it…I really want to be good at everything that I do,” he said. “I’ll put time into it. If it works, then you’ll see me the big screen and on the Broadway stage. If it doesn’t, I’ll just open up a bunch of studios. We’ll be good either way.”
Maks Chmerkovskiy plays “Would You Ever?” backstage at the Bethenny Show. I don’t know what to think of this? LOL!!
For the Maks Chmerkovskiy fans out there, this is fun! He makes another fan’s dream come true on “Hello Ross”.
I keep wondering if Maks will be on Dancing With The Stars this season in some way soon….in a pro number, helping Val and Elizabeth, or maybe guest judging like Julianne? Hmmm, time will tell.
Stay tuned to the Bethenny Show today. Pro dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy will be on the show. Above is just a little teaser pic of he, Bethenny, and a fan. For those interested in seeing more phhotos, see Zimbio Pictures. Also, below is Bethenny and Maks making the fan’s dream come true. If you’d like to see more, check Bethenny.com for a link to see the full episode after it’s aired today in case you aren’t able to watch it or you miss it.