Dancing With The Stars pro, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, went a bit too far with his remarks towards judge Len Goodman after he and his celebrity partner, soccer star Hope Solo, delivered what was probably the most boring and dull performance during a night dedicated to Broadway on Monday (October 24).
Watch Maksim and Hope’s lukewarm Rumba performance HERE. Len started to say he hasn’t lost faith in Hope, adding, “I always feel like there is so much there, and for some reason it hasn’t come out. This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion.”
Obviously, Maksim was not happy with this opinion. Len: “I’ve been in this business for 50 years,” and Maksim sharply retorted: “Then maybe it’s time to go!” [video here]
Len was totally right when he blamed the pro dancer for the extra lame performance. Maksim also accused the judge of being too judgmental when his job is to judge the contestants on the show. What?
“She [Hope] is improving,” the Ukraine Bachelor star insisted. “That is the point. I’m extremely proud of her. This is the first time she came out and she did exactly what she planned and there was no stress and no tension and it was a great performance. And I really liked dancing with her tonight. And to get comments that was the opposite of what it was, it wasn’t even upsetting, it was more like, ‘I have had enough!’ You have an opinion. I also have an opinion…The judges will say, ‘Hey, this is show business, this is supposed to be fun.’ Well, I had fun tonight.”
When asked if his fellow pro-dancers backed his opinion on the subject, Maks said, “Not all of them [share my opinion]. Most of them, yes. But there are a few of them that actually went up to the judges and for some reason went as far as apologizing for me and disagreeing with what I said.”
What do other pro dancers and celebrity dancers think about the feud between Maksim and the DWTS judge:
Derek Hough: “Sometimes you do take things personally…I did that one time with Shannon Elizabeth. I went off. And I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t ever do that again!’ I felt like the judges have been incredibly generous this season so I was surprised.”
Karina Smirnoff (Maksim’s ex-fiancée): “We danced right after Maks so I just wanted to make sure that the judges made sure that we didn’t concur with Maks’ opinion…He needs a hug.”
Lacey Schwimmer: “He spoke his opinion and he should be allowed to do it.”
J.R. Martinez: “He did go a little too far with it, but it is what it is.”
David Arquette: “I’m usually harder on myself than the judges.”
Hopefully, Maksim will eventually learn some manners and learn to respect the judges’ opinions even if he strongly disagrees with them. Maksim did not express his opinion, as Lacey so delicately put it, he was just plain rude. David Arquette’s comment just makes me love him even more. What a classy gentleman.