Dancing's Maks: I Don't Know If I'll Be Back Next Season
Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Photo Credits: Steffen Thalemann
Hope you had a great week! Thanks for all your comments and support.
I've been relaxing since our elimination. It's bittersweet that we're out, but I have to say, it's nice not to have to go to rehearsals! Kirstie had some commitments here in L.A., so we couldn't go to New York with Gilles and Peta, so I've just been relaxing. I would've loved to have stayed and tried to defy the odds and take everyone down, but I'm OK with the fact that we left when we left. It was getting really hard for Kirstie. Just watching the amount of work that Val and Kelly had for this week is crazy. It was 1 minute and 40 seconds each for two dances, and one was a Michael Jackson tribute, so that was a big deal. The other was the latest insane dance from the producers, so that was even tougher. Good luck to the remaining couples and whoever makes the final. I really think Kirstie would've lost her mind this week. She pushed herself so hard these eight weeks.
That being said, we were hoping for the best when we were standing up there. We weren't nervous, but we're realistic. Let's be honest, everybody remaining is a better dancer. People might read this in a different way, but I'm not saying anything that's not true. Are they better entertainers or better personalities than Kirstie? I say no. But are they better dancers? Yes. With Kirstie's fan support, I don't think we would've left if that's not true. I think it was a mix of things that led to our elimination. Yes, it was probably our time, given who we were up against, but I think the combined two-week scores and the double elimination hurt us. We were 20 points behind and maybe we weren't even the lowest couple with the votes combined! We could've been sixth and safe if it had been only a single elimination. I was disappointed to be put up against Val and Kelly, because there will never be anything that will get between us. If he wins, it'll be my trophy. If I had won, it would've been his. Maybe it's a weird concept. I meet people who have brothers and they're like, "We fight all the time." I'm like, "We never fight." I love him more than anything on this planet.
I was very surprised Gilles and Peta left. I thought he's ones of the best male dancers we've ever had on the show. He did some great performances. I don't know what happened. Maybe his fans thought he was safe. Who knows? But we're also at the point in the season where everyone who leaves is going to be a "shock." Someone has to go and it's going to be someone good. I don't think you can predict who will go next. Everybody's so good. At the beginning, you could probably go, Kirstie and Maks, and Pamela and Tristan. At this point, I have no idea. I think the only thing we can all agree on is that Shawn is the favorite.
I don't think Shawn's tribal dance hurt her at all. If anything, it probably got her fans upset after Len's comments and they'll be even more determined to vote this week and next week if she makes it. What Derek did was great. There is no denying that he is a talented kid and that he puts out great performances. I do, however, fail to understand what it is that we're supposed to be doing. If somebody said to me seven years ago, "We'd like you to join Dancing with the Stars. You're doing to teach a celebrity how to dance. It's going to be mainly ballroom with jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and modern dances" — I would've probably said no. I've spent my entire dance career focusing on a particular set of skills: ballroom skills. There was an incredible ballet number on the show a few weeks ago. It was gorgeous. Those people are principal ballet dancers. They cannot do ballroom. Does that make them bad dancers? Absolutely not. They're the best what they do. I'm good at ballroom. I'm not good at XYZ.