Dancing With The Stars semifinals preview: Maks is back - as a judge

The infamous Bad Boy of the Ballroom is back as a guest judge this Monday on DWTS. Will he behave? We hope not. Photo: Maks is back on DWTS / Courtesy MaksimChmerkovskiy.com

SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2013 – Love him or hate him, professional ballroom dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy gets attention. You could say he’s from the “just spell my name right” school of personal publicity, but he doesn’t even care about this. Maks, Max, Maksim, Maxim, whatever. 

This is precisely why “Dancing With The Stars” producers and ABC execs secretly love their Bad Boy of the Ballroom. Maks is an attention getter. Attention equals viewers, viewers equal ratings, ratings equal revenue. Any questions?

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Sure, Maks is a diva. Sure, Maks has a temper. Sure, Maks feuds with cast and crew. Sure, Maks sleeps with half his partners. Get over it.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (note: spelled correctly) will join judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge on Monday’s semifinals.


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Fans on DWTS blogs like PureDWTS.com worry Maks will be biased. They point out he owns a dance studio with Tony Dovoloni; Karina Smirnoff is his ex-fiancee; he’s made nasty comments about Derek Hough. At least his brother Val is out of the competition. Maks said he would have been hardest of all on his brother.

Fans worried about former DWTS pro Julianne Hough as a judge too, but she ended up towing the party line with the same votes as her fellow judges. Bad Boy Maks has promised he’ll “behave” as a judge, and that he’ll be fair, even admitting he’s been a “hypocrite” on the show about judging in an interview for VH1. He tweeted Sunday “A ‘foursome’ I’ve never imagined I’d be a part of! Should be VERY interesting!”

The five semi-finalists will compete in the “Plugged/Unplugged” challenge this week. They will perform two different ballroom dance styles to the same song. In the first round, they will perform either a Jazz, Paso Doble, Cha Cha Cha or Tango routine to the original version of their song. Each couple will dance a style new to them. In the second round, they will perform either a Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, or Rumba to an acoustic version of the same song. 

The only couple that seems like a lock for the final is Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, and their assignments this week seem to seal the deal. Derek Hough is by far the best choreographer and will do well with this assignment, which should help get he and Amber Riley into the final. As for the remaining three, flip a three-headed coin.

At the end of the show, one couple will go home just short of next week’s finals. It’s the toughest elimination of the entire season.

The assignments as of publication:

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff – Tango and Rumba

Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni – Paso Doble and Argentine Tango

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke – Jazz and Argentine Tango

Amber Riley and Derek Hough – Jazz and Viennese Waltz

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater – Cha Cha Cha and Argentine Tango

Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. Just one week left until the season finale next Monday, November 25.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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