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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!

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.

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:

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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.

New DWTS Rehearsal Interview With Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (Video)

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.

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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.

Show Details Released For Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Semi-Finals

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.

November 14, 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.

TMZ Reporting Maks Chmerkovskiy Will Be A Guest Judge For The DWTS Season 17 Semi-Finals

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? 8O 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.

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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.

PureDWTS Maks Chmerkovskiy And Carrie Ann Inaba To Take Part In Hallmark’s “Kitten Bowl”

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!

October 29, 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.

Dancing With The Stars Cast And Pros Attend Halloween Parties Over The Weekend

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.

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October 27, 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.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Would Welcome The Offer To Judge Dancing With The Stars (New Interview)

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.

October 21, 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 Maks Chmerkovskiy To Dance For The Troops And Judge Miss Universe (New Interview)

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.”

October 10, 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 Maks Chmerkovskiy Plays “Would You Ever?” Backstage On Bethenny

Maks Chmerkovskiy plays “Would You Ever?” backstage at the Bethenny Show. I don’t know what to think of this? LOL!!

October 3, 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.