“Dancing With the Stars” may be over for a while, but that hasn’t stopped fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy from voicing his opinions about the show and the recently-concluded all-star season. According to Wetpaint on Dec. 3, Maks definitely had something to say when they caught up with him during a stint judging dancers for a new AOL national dance show in New York City.
In reference to winners Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft, Maks was very complimentary.
“I think she was the best dancer we had left. And they were so endearing and cute, and had the whole positive vibe about them, both. Tony was super excited, and you could tell that he really wanted it. Honestly, it was the first time, I think, that we’re celebrating a pro’s win more than [the] celebrity’s.”
When asked if there were any surprises this season, Maks talked about brother Val.
“Seeing Val finally experience what it’s like to do the whole thing and be in the finale was awesome, but at the same time he comes up to me as soon as we wrapped, in the car on the way to the jet, and he was like, ‘How many times do you do this?’ I’m like, ‘This is my thirteenth.’ He’s like, ‘How many times you’re in the final?’ ‘Four.’ ‘And ‘semi[finals]?’ ‘Another probably like, two three.’ ‘You’re insane!’ [Laughs] He’s like, ‘This is crazy, because my body is shot, my mind is shot.’ I think it’s just an incredible experience.”
Maks said there were really no surprises and he thought the show was amazing, the best season ever. He said he’d like to go back to more ballroom dancing and not the crazy stuff like the “Caveman Hustle” or the “Surfer Flamenco.”
And to the often-asked question of is he coming back next season, Maks said basically, “Yes.”
“If that’s what’s in cards, yes. I’m under contract, as I’ve said, for another, I think, two. I’m not trying to jump the contract, and I love the show. What it is now is a little different than what it used to be, so we have different perspectives. So I would love to. If there’s going to be a better — not better, in that sense of the word — something interesting of an opportunity, I’ll politely ask to pursue that. “
He also said the show should get new judges, but we won’t talk about that here.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a hot dancer and he’s not shy about expressing himself. If you’d like to keep up with Maks, you can follow him on Twitter @MaksimC.