EXCLUSIVE: Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy Talk Dancing With Maks: 'He's the OG'

Jennifer Drysdale
Entertainment Tonight

Team Valaur better get ready for a little Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

That's right, it'll be double the Chmerkovskiy on Team Valaur, as Maks will be joining brother Val and his partner, Laurie Hernandez, on next week's Dancing With the Stars!

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ET's Cameron Mathison caught up with the popular pair on Thursday, where they had nothing but good things to say about bringing Dancing's bad boy back to the ballroom.

"It's been awesome!" Laurie reported. "I mean, I'm able to get feedback from someone who taught Val what he knows, right?"

"Yeah, it's been awesome," Val agreed. "We actually rehearsed last night. We had a three-hour kind of Chmerkovskiy clinic."

"I was dying! They really gave me a run for my money," Laurie joked before letting us in on a little Chmerkovskiy secret: Maks is really one "big teddy bear."

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"It's true," Val confirmed. "He opened up a kids dance studio when he was 17 years old and way before Dancing With the Stars, his entire life for more than a decade was dedicated to teaching young kids."

"I'm a product of his teaching and there's an entire school and generation of kids that went through Maks' rough school of dance," he added. "My brother coached me from a little nugget to a world champion, and I have the pleasure to work with Laurie pretty much at the same time as how old I was when he was coaching me."

"He's the OG. This is the reason why I'm flawed as a teacher," Val confessed. "He is the influence that makes me who I am and who I'm not. And I think that's awesome to be able to share that with her."

"It was an honor being with the two of them in the same room," Laurie shared.

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