Last week, Maksim Chmerkovskiy made an off-hand comment
about Jake Pavelka's pants-off dance routine, saying it was a "desperate" ploy during a post-show interview. Then he took to his TV Guide blog to dispel rumors of his sour grapes, saying the comment was just a joke
: "C'mon! Lighten up people!"
Now, in another post-performance chat with US Weekly
, Maks lashed out at head Dancing with the Stars
judge Len Goodman, who said after his shirtless samba: "I'm fed up, Maks, with shirts coming off! [Erin
Andrews] is too good for that!" Len scored the routine a 7, while the other judges gave 9s.
Maks managed to hold his tongue in the moment, but had plenty to say to Len after the show:
"Len is wrong one billion percent. He said we didn't have enough substance in samba. Are
you out of your mind? I could give you a list right now, probably would
take about three pages, of all the steps we did in samba.
"This is what I
do for a living!" he continued. "I know that not everyone knows what goes into this,
but I go back to running four very successful dance studios. I have a
staff of about 50. I have trained a ton of US champions and world
champions, and I've coached [everyone] from juveniles to professionals.
Don't tell me what I didn't do right because you're wrong! And if that
means you're too old to be on this show and judge, then that's what it
This isn't the first time this season that Maks has spoken out against the Dancing with the Stars
judges. Last week in his blog
, he criticized their comments: "Fans tell me they're confused by the judges, but they're not the only
ones. When Carrie Ann said something about Erin's ankles in the jive --
what is she talking about? Her feet weren't pointed? Her toes weren't
pointed? [...] The judges aren't always constructive. I have no idea what
they're talking about most of the time."
It's doubtful that calling Len Goodman "too old" is going to help Erin and Maks get higher scores in the future, but something tells me we won't be getting a "I was just kidding!" message from Maks about these fighting words. He sounds one hundred percent serious:
"He can't say that stuff without expecting me to say something back,"
Chmerkovskiy told Us
. "This is my job. If you're going
to call me out, expect me to defend myself."