In the most dramatic fight of the season, Maksim Chmerkovskiy freaked out at the judges for unfair judging — and for once, I agree with him!
Every week on Dancing with the Stars we watch the judges pick apart the skilled dancers and praise the less talented contestants for their “effort” — and dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is sick of it! During Broadway Night Oct. 24, the hot-headed 31-year-old dancer gave judge Len Goodman a piece of his mind and it was so intense, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him back again next season.
Maks and Hope Solo‘s rumba to Rent‘s “Season of Love” was mistake ridden and filled with fumbles. However, when the judges tried to tell that to them, Maks FREAKED out. 7, 6, 7 = 20/30
This is how it went down:
“Uh…I’m at a loss really, if I’m honest,” Len said. “This was your worst dance of the whole season, in my opinion…I’ve been in this business for 50 years.”
Maks quickly replied, “Maybe it’s time to get out.”
The other two judges started yelling at Maks for being disrespectful, but then he continued. “Everyone in that balcony has been dying and killing themselves only to hear your guys’ little judgmental comments,” he said.
Then after the commercial break, Maks explained his rationale — and it actually made sense.
“With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is. I love every aspect of it. I love every professional that’s ever been here and I love every celebrity that puts effort into it every week,” he said. “Having said that, I’m a little tired that we’re being judged some on effort and some being picked on by heel leads. That’s it.”
I can’t wait to hear what the judges have to say about all of that. However, I do think they are more critical to the dancers who have more potential. Although I don’t love Hope, I think she’s objectively much stronger than Chaz and even Nancy, so it’s weird they criticize her to the degree they do. That said, here were the rest of the dances:
Rob Kardashian: Rob and Cheryl performed a cha cha to a Jersey Boys song and even though I found it entertaining, I was still distracted by Rob’s arms. There was something awkward about his hand motions. “There was no rhythm,” Len Goodman said, over the Kardashian family’s boos. 8, 7, 7 = 22/30
Nancy Grace: I don’t know why I found Nancy and Tristan’s foxtrot to a song from Monty Python’s Spamalot so funny, but I’m still in stitches. It seemed a little flimsy to me, but the judges were thrilled. “You upped the ante on that and I’d call that a show stopper!” Carrie Ann Inaba raved. Meh…I’m not sold, but I still find Nancy entertaining. (P.S. Carrie Ann must have been on crack when she scored this one…) 9, 7, 8 = 24/30
David Arquette: David should win the award for most improved! I thought his Grease dance was adorable and really fun. It didn’t make me uncomfortable at all (as his performances are ought to do). The judges thought they seemed out of sync, but I didn’t notice it. How cute was David’s daughter, Coco, in the audience? She LOVED her dad’s performance. 8, 7, 8 = 23/30
Ricki Lake: Ricki and Derek’s quickstep to “Luck Be a Lady” earned a standing ovation from two of the judges and it definitely deserved it! Derek’s choreography was flawless and he always brings out the best in his partners. “It fit like a glove! Your interpretation of the music was just beyond belief,” Bruno said. “It was so quick and so precise and so sophisticated!” Carrie Ann added. Totally agree. 10, 9, 10 = 29/30
Chaz Bono: I have a soft spot in my heart for all things Phantom of the Opera, so I finally enjoyed Chaz’s dance this week. However, there’s really no comparison of his dancing to the rest of the competition…it’s just, not good. “This was the most aggressive I’ve seen you, but I have to be very frank with you. At week six, I want to see more content,” Chaz’s biggest fan, Carrie Ann, said. Things got awkward when Brooke Burke asked Chaz for his reactions to his scores. “Not much to say, is there?” he asked. Buh bye, Chaz? 7, 6, 6 = 19/20
J.R. Martinez: Meanwhile, J.R. and Karina’s quickstep to “Hot Honey Rag” from Chicago was nearly flawless, once again. He’s such a joy to watch and I’m really pulling for him to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy. One thing that drives me nuts is when people claim he’s getting the pity vote. Wake up, people. Regardless of his back story, J.R. is a fantastic dancer. “Bob Fosse would have been proud!” Carrie Ann said. 10, 9, 10 = 29/30
What did you think of tonight’s controversial Broadway episode? Did you agree with Maks or the judges? Who’s your favorite at this point? Sound off below!
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