Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Judge 'Dancing with the Stars' Semifinals
Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Judge 'Dancing with the Stars' Semifinals
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If you're upset about Val Chmerkovskiy being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars, don't worry because his older brother is coming back.

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First reported by TMZ (and confirmed by Good Morning America), Maksim Chmerkovskiy is making his triumphant return to DWTS on Monday's season 17 semifinal episode. But he won't be dancing, he'll be judging.

Maksim will be following in the footsteps of Julianne Hough and Cher as a guest judge for the semifinals. He won't be replacing Len Goodman, he'll simply be on hand as a fourth judge.

In addition, the semifinals will feature an interesting Plugged/Unplugged theme, where the remaining five couples will dance twice to the same song, one plugged the other unplugged. The plugged performances will feature the Paso Doble (Leah Remini), Jazz (Jack Osbourne and Amber Riley), Tango (Corbin Bleu) and the Cha-Cha-Cha (Bill Engvall) while unplugged dances will be the Viennese Waltz (Amber), Argentine Tango (Jack, Leah and Bill) and the Rumba (Corbin).

Maksim is the perfect guest judge for the semifinals as he's made it to the finale of Dancing with the Stars four times, though he's never won the Mirror Ball.

Though Maks hasn't been a pro partner since season 15, he did make a return last season in Len's Side-by-Side Challenge, dancing with Anna Trebunskaya alongside his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy (with Zendaya) and Karina Smirnoff (with Jacobey Jones).

Will the Russian be a harsh judge, taking out vengeance on the remaining pairs for beating out his brother? Or will he go with the flow and simply give the same score as the other judges every time like Julianne Hough did? Or will he be kind and overscore everyone like Cher?

What do you think of Maks returning as a guest judge? Does this trend of former pros becoming judges work, and do you hope it potentially translates into a pro coming on as a permanent judge?

The Dancing with the Stars season 17 semifinals air Monday at 8pm on ABC.


(Image courtesy of ABC)

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