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Wednesday
Feb272013

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Trading "Dancing with the Stars" for Hollywood

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The lineup for the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Tuesday's Good Morning America along with their professional partners, but one name was glaringly absent: Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  The 33-year-old pro says he's ditching his dancing shoes for Hollywood.

"I’ve been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of the show," Chmerkovskiy, via his rep, told ABC News Radio.  "I'm going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations."

Fans of Chmerkovskiy weren't surprised, as he's long hinted of leaving the show. 

In a TV Guide blog post last year he wrote, "To be honest, I have many offers and I might need a break...The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect me to want to stick around.”

And if his past DWTS partner Kirstie Alley has anything to do with it, Chmerkovskiy may have an acting gig in the pipeline.  She told Life & Style that she wants him on her new TV Land series Giant Baby.  He guest-starred as a ballroom dancer last year in the July 25 episode in The Exes, where he danced opposite of star Kristen Johnston.

Chmerkovskiy isn't the only dancer not returning to DWTS.  Pros Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower and Louis Van Amstel are also not returning this season. 

An ABC spokesperson says in a statement that it's nothing personal that the dancers weren't asked back, adding, "We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle.  As we consider who will be matched up each season, there are a lot of factors that dictate which couples make the best pairings."

"We appreciate each of our dancers' dedication to the show, so this is a very difficult decision.  Anna, Chelsie, Louis and Maks continue to be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family," the statement concluded.

Returning pro Cheryl Burke is sad to see that some of her colleagues won't be joining her in the ballroom again this spring.

She tells ABC News Radio, "These are friends that I've known since before the show even started."

However, Burke adds that "it's nice to have fresh new meat," meaning new Dancing with the Stars pros Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess and Lindsay Arnold.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep212012

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Quit "Dancing with the Stars"

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunites with Kirstie Alley on the upcoming all-star season of Dancing with the Stars that begins Monday, but don’t expect to see him on the ABC ballroom floor after next year. He’s leaving when his contract expires at the end of 2013, the New York Post reports.

“What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons?  It makes total sense,”  Chmerkovskiy told the newspaper. “The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect me to want to stick around.”

ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions, which created the show, had no comment.

The bearded bad boy of the ballroom reveals that many of his fellow pros are becoming frustrated working in the shadows of their celebrity partners.

“Essentially, 80 percent of our job is to give somebody another push in their career or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves,” he said. “I loved doing it, but to be honest with you, at 32, I am at ‘what-about-me time.’”

The pro dancer knows the show is bigger than any dancer.

“I am not thinking that with me leaving, the show will go off the air or anything. Like my dad said, ‘There are no irreplaceable people.’ I wish them the next 50 years of success. But I have to do something else. I need to move on for me.”

Chmerkovskiy says he wants to pursue an acting career and a possible reality show with his brother and fellow dancer, Val.

Chmerkovskiy has appeared on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor and currently hosts a Ukrainian game show called The Cube. He also has landed the lead role of a Latin dancer in a romantic comedy that begins shooting in January.

“I never thought I was ready [for movie acting]. Then I had a whole day of reading with the director and casting director, and I enjoyed it so much,” Chmerkovskiy said. "I caught the bug, as they say. This is something I really want to do.”

As for the upcoming DWTS season, Chmerkovskiy expects to have a tougher time winning votes than in his first time around with Kirstie Alley in season 12, when they finished second.

“We may have had a couple of weeks last time that we cruised on popularity or fan appeal or whatever, but I am not really sure that is going to work for us this time. I am not sure people are going to vote for us just because it is us,” Chmerkovskiy said.

The two-night premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep212012

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Quit “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunites with Kirstie Alley on the upcoming all star season of Dancing with the Stars that begins Monday, but don’t expect to see him on the ABC ballroom after next year because he’s leaving when his contract expires at the end of 2013, the New York Post reports.

Maks tells the newspaper, “What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons.  It makes total sense.  The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect me to want to stick around.”

The bearded bad boy of the ballroom reveals that many of his fellow pros are becoming frustrated working in the shadows of their celebrity partners.  “Essentially, 80 percent of our job is to give somebody another push in their career or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves.

Maks adds, “I loved doing it. But to be honest with you, at 32, I am at ‘what-about-me time.’”

The pro dancer knows the show is bigger than any dancer. “I am not thinking that with me leaving, the show will go off the air or anything. Like my dad said, ‘There are no irreplaceable people.’ I wish them the next 50 years of success. But I have to do something else. I need to move on for me.”

Maks says he wants to pursue an acting career and a possible reality show with his brother and fellow dancer, Val.

Maks has appeared on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor and currently hosts a Ukrainian game show called The Cube.

He also has landed the lead role of a Latin dancer in a romantic comedy that begins shooting in January. Maks tells the newspaper, “I never thought I was ready [for movie acting]. Then I had a whole day of reading with the director and casting director, and I enjoyed it so much. I caught the bug, as they say. This is something I really want to do.”

As for the upcoming DWTS season, Maks expects to have a tougher time winning votes than his first time around with Kirstie Alley in season 12 when they finished second.

Maks says, “We may have had a couple of weeks last time that we cruised on popularity or fan appeal or whatever, but I am not really sure that is going to work for us this time. I am not sure people are going to vote for us just because it is us.”

The two night premiere of ABC's Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars begins Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct262011

'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Maks Still Stomping Mad at Judges

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of Dancing with the Stars know that pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy can be outspoken, and nowhere was that more evident than on Monday night's show. Chmerkovskiy took issue with critiques dished out by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman about his amateur partner, Hope Solo, even going so far as to tell Goodman he should get out of the ballroom dancing business.

On ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday, Chmerkovskiy didn't back down, and refused to apologize for speaking his mind about the "disrespectful" comments from the judges, though he said he hoped it wouldn't hurt Solo's chances on the competition.

"Everybody's waiting for me to bow my head...and plea for forgiveness, Chmerkovskiy told GMA co-host Robin Roberts. "I have nothing to apologize for."

Chmerkovskiy also seemed to imply the reason fellow pro Derek Hough rarely takes issue with the judges is because he's had better dance partners.

"With all due respect," he said, "if I had Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Jennifer Grey, followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be very upset with the judges either."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr062011

Kirstie Alley Gets Tattoo After Stumble on 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley's stumble on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars didn't keep her down for long.

TV's Extra reports the actress -- who fell after her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, lost his footing during their performance due to what he said was a "charley horse" -- got a tattoo on her left wrist of the word "Unbroken" following the show.

Alley tweeted, "Party girl? not so much tonight...BUT I did get a tattoo and I love it....and I had fun...in the end this turned into a magical night."

Chmerkovskiy doesn't enjoy the attention he's received because of his mishap.

He told ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday, "My philosophy is I just wanna be in the background...and I feel like this being the most talked-about moment kinda takes away from Hines [Ward] and from Petra [Nemcova] doing their phenomenal routines, and even from Kirstie, obviously."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr052011

'Dancing with the Stars': Wendy Williams Voted Off

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Talk show host Wendy Williams and partner Tony Dovolani were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after receiving the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.  The couple performed a foxtrot Monday that judge Len Goodman said was a struggle and more suited for the radio.

After getting the bad news Tuesday, Williams told co-host Brooke Burke the experience has been a wonderful opportunity, and she thanked her partner Tony for teaching her how to dance.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy said he was fine after Monday night’s ballroom tumble with partner Kirstie Alley.  Earlier Wednesday during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Maks blamed the mishap on a "charley horse." 

The results show also featured musical performances by OneRepublic.  The band performed their newest release, "Good Life," along with their hit "All the Right Moves." Selena Gomez & The Scene was also on the show to perform their newest single, "Who Says."

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 

Monday
Jan102011

'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Star in Ukrainian Version of 'The Bachelor'

Photo Courtesy - ABC (NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovsky will be the next star of The Bachelor -- but not in the U.S. He's revealed on his blog that he will star in the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor. He listed a few reasons for his participation in the show, including a chance to "give back" to his native country as well as a desire to do something that he'll personally enjoy without worrying if others will criticize him.

Maksim implies on his blog that he was offered a spot on the U.S. version of The Bachelor but declined. He writes, "The fact that I've turned down the American version has NOTHING to do with my 'dislike' of American women. (The statement is so absurd that I can't believe I'm even dignifying it with a reply)." 

Entertainment Weekly
reports that while ABC did discuss an opportunity on The Bachelor with Maksim, it never made him a formal offer. The magazine also notes that the shooting schedule for The Bachelor would have conflicted with Maksim's regular gig on Dancing with the Stars.

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