Maksim Chmerkovskiy Blasts Derek Hough for Taking Side With 'DWTS' Judges

October 27, 2011 01:50:48 GMT

'Derek Hough has been very supportive of his personal career on the show,' says Hope Solo's dancing partner about his fellow pro dancer who thinks the judges have been so generous this season.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Blasts Derek Hough for Taking Side With 'DWTS' Judges
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The war of words between "Dancing with the Stars" cast is not yet over and even grows bigger. After mouthing off judge Len Goodman earlier this week, Maksim Chmerkovskiy appeared on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, October 26 to talk about the matter and slam Derek Hough who sides with the judges.

"Derek Hough has been very supportive of his personal career on the show," Maksim told Robin Roberts of "GMA". "When you say judges have been generous, with all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger followed by Jennifer Grey followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be very upset with the judges either."

Right after Maksim had his fallout with Len, Derek said backstage of "DWTS" on Monday, "Sometimes you do take things personally...I did that one time with Shannon Elizabeth." He continued sharing, "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."

The brother of Julianne Hough added later, "As a seasoned professional, [he] should know not to do that. There's a certain amount of self control you should have. Last week, I knew going in it wasn't going to be our best dance. I don't get upset about it, I expect it and then I take it with grace and move on."

Unlike Derek, Lacey Schwimmer has supported Maksim for sounding off his opinion. "He spoke his opinion and he should be allowed to do it," so said the dancing partner of Chaz Bono, who is also not happy for being compared to a penguin by judge Bruno Tonioli.

Defending Chaz in this matter, Maksim said on "GMA", "One thing I'm not going to embrace is pointing fingers and disrespectful remarks. Why are judges allowed to compare us to animals and point their fingers and we can't show our opinion?"

As he firmly believes he said the right thing, the 31-year-old Ukrainian born dancer said he will not apologize. "I had a long conversation with my dad and I don't regret anything," he said. "That's why I think I'm misunderstood in this situation. Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head and plead for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for. I'm in the business because I love it. I can't really lose with remarks like this."


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posted by Scorpio359 on Nov 01, 2011
Maks was way out of line. He could have made a respectful remark but chose to make a fool of himself. You can disagree but you cannot act cocky. Take the criticism and make it better.
posted by Andi on Oct 28, 2011
Go MAKS!!! Always a huge fan! You are so right to give your opinion. You, and the rest of the dancers work so hard with the stars. No one needs to be put down from the Judges. The "show" is called Dancing with the Stars, not Professional Dancing!
posted by sma on Oct 27, 2011
I didn't like the fact that Maks brought Derek into it, he's just jealous because Derek is a much better dancer, i always loved watching Maks dance. The judges shouldn't make fun and thats exactly what they did......
posted by woodworker on Oct 27, 2011
Good for Maks speaking up to the judges. Don't we live in America where we have the right to speak our opinions? It's way past time for Chaz to go home.
posted by CEB on Oct 27, 2011
The judges are cruel; they should judge on technique only. I think someone should critique them! Go! Maks!
posted by DWTS Fan on Oct 27, 2011
Have watched for years. Must side with Maks on this one. In the same show that Bruno states a dancer looks like a penguin, a professional dancer can't speak his mind? The judges need to understand this is an entertainment show. They are not exactly rulers of the world!
posted by Jan on Oct 27, 2011
posted by Jan on Oct 27, 2011
To SMA. Derek BLASTED and judged Maks on interview with People on Monday night. Derek is a co worker and acted like he is perfect and had the right to JUDGE Maks
posted by lda on Oct 27, 2011
The judges are there to call them as they see them. Maks is like a Little Leaguer arguing with the ump about a strike call. Grow up. I'm with Derek.

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