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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his mighty mouth

Maksim Chmerkovskiy bills himself as the bad boy of the ballroom, but he knows what he’s talking about.  Haven’t fans been a little uneasy since Bristol Palin? So he had something to say last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” when Len Goodman told his celebrity partner Hope Solo that she had just performed her worst dance of the season.

That rumba wasn’t great, it wasn’t sexy, but at least Solo looks happy. She has such an electric smile, but it’s her footwork that is hard to watch.

So what exactly did Chmerkovskiy say?

It began with Goodman commenting, “This is your worst dance of the whole season.” He continued, after admonishing Chmerkovskiy for encouraging the audience boos, by saying, “I’ve been in this business for nearly 50 years…”

Chmerkovskiy couldn’t resist adding, “Maybe it’s time to get out…”

At which time, Carrie Ann Inaba told Chmerkovskiy, “Don’t be disrespectful like that.”

Chmerkovskiy defended his comment by saying it hurts when the dancers and celebrities “hear you guys a little judgmental comment.” I think we can fault his English, but perhaps the comments of the judges go a bit far out of line.

Chmervkovskiy later said, “This is my show…I helped make it what it is” and he was tired of having the celebrities “judged on their so-called potential.”

We also had high hopes for Hope Solo and didn’t figure out that her biggest challenge was learning to walk in high heels and be girly.

Yet, don’t you think the judges are being a little bit too easy on someone like Chaz Bono? We found Bono a little whiny, particularly since he’s not the oldest contestant. He’s also not the first overweight contestant either.

See the clips from “Access Hollywood” with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover

“Cute little penguin,” is what judge Bruno Tonioli called Bono and I thought that was kind. Bono and Schwimmer feel that the judges have a personal dislike of him. Seriously? Tonioli might have been unnecessarily cruel to singer Michael Bolton (“It was a doggy mess of a jive. You did it all very, very, very badly”), but he’s been quite kind and even indulgent to Bono in my opinion.

I think Goodman could have been stricter with Bono. Bono doesn’t have much personality on stage.

Remember, Chmerkovskiy spoke out about that season when the dancers and the celebrities were being overworked. That was the season Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson won the mirrorball. Season 9 the contestants were asked to perform:  cha cha cha, jive, rumba, tango, paso doble, samba, waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, Argentine tango, Viennese waltz, salsa, salsa/Viennese waltz relay, foxtrot/cha cha cha relay, two-step/Charleston/bolero/lambada, hustle group, mambo marathon, team paso doble/tango, megamix and freestyle.  Compare that to season 5. Marie Osmond made it to the semi-finals, but consider there were only these dances: cha cha cha, foxtrot, quickstep, mambo, jive, tango, Viennese waltz, paso doble, rumba, samba, and freestyle. That’s 11 dances during season 5 compared to 20.

Season 11 had only 15 dances, including one team and a winner-take-all cha cha cha. That season was won by Jennifer Grey who sometimes got tens when there were obvious missteps, but the judging seemed to be more generous when it became clear that Bristol Palin was going to make it to the semi-finals.

Chmerkovskiy’s partner that season was Grammy Award-winning singer Brandy. Brandy was cut, but Palin moved to the finals. Luckily the energetic and ever entertaining Kyle Massey with Lacey Schwimmer finished second. Chmerkovskiy’s partner during season 5 was Mel B who finished second behind Helio Castroneves (with Julianne Hough).

There are personalities that make DWTS interesting and certainly Maksim Chmerkovskiy is one of them. He makes the show interesting–in terms of choreography and his clashes with his partners.

Without personalities like Chmerkovskiy, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke, I don’t think the show would have been successful.

And when things get a bit dull, it’s good to have pros who liven up the situation (or even a judge like Bruno Tonioli).


DWTS: Compare jive routines (VIDEOS)

The dance category had the high and low of the night. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were the high, repeating their score from last week.  Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower would be the low.

People were critical of the dog house and making Bolton act the part of a dog, but seriously, folks…the guy can’t dance. His musicality is all in his voice.

The athletes, Rick Fox with Cheryl Burke and Kurt Warner with Anna Trebunskaya were a joy to watch.


  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24 (8,8,8) “Shake It”
  • Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7,7,7) “Magic”
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 21 (7,7,7) “Tush” – ZZ Top
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21 (7,7,7) “Danger Zone”
  • Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel: 18 (6,6,6) “Dreaming”
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: 12 (4,5,3) “Hound Dog”

During week 5, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed the jive to the theme from “The Monkees” for an 18.

Week 8, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer danced to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard for a score of 29 (10, 9, 10).

DWTS: Compare the Viennese waltz (VIDEO)

Viennese waltz

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough (8,8,8) 24
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 34/40, 24 adjusted.
  • Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (7,8,8) 23
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke (8, 7, 7) 22
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya (7,5,7) 19
  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower (6,5,5) 16
  • Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel (5,5,5) 15

Week 7, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas danced the Viennese waltz to “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne for a score of 33 (9, 8, 8, 8). Adjusted score of 24.

Week 8, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer danced the V. waltz for a score of 27 (9, 9, 9)

Dancing with the Stars: Chelsie Hightower

Chelsie Kay Hightower was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Orem, Utah as one of six children in a Mormon family. She’s the only girl.

At nine, she began to learn to dance and by 11 she won her first national title.

She was on the team that represented the US at the Blackpool Dance Festival in 2005. They placed third.

At 18, the competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” during season 4 (Summer 2008) and her original partner was Mark Kanemura. They made the top six.

Dance achievements:

  • With Derek Hough, nominated for a Emmy for “Paso DobleMalagueña” dance choreographed by DWTS-2010.
  • U.S. Representative to the Worlds – 2005
  • U.S. National Standard Finalist – 2005
  • International Latin Finalist – 2006
  • 10 Dance National Youth Champion – 2005

AGE: 21

BIRTH DATE: 21 July 1989 (Cancer)


  • Ty Murray (Season 8 )
  • Louie Vito (Season 9)
  • Jake Pavelka (Season 10)



Michael Bolton can sing, but can he dance? (VIDEO)

Michael Bolton shows his partner Chelsie Hightower that his voice is all his. What we do see is that, Bolton needs to work on his posture before he can think about moving his hips.

Bolton would not be one of those singer accused of lip-synching because he’s too busy dancing when he performed in the past.

In the rehearsal video, we see he’s looking at his feet which adds to his slightly hunched over posture. He doesn’t flick his feet or point this toes. The aspect of remembering choreography doesn’t seem to be natural to him. His stiffness might not be so bad for his Viennese waltz.

This might mean trouble for him with the judges, but will his fans be watching, and, more importantly, voting?

Dancing with the Stars Season 11: Michael Bolton rehearsal photos

Photo: ABC/Vivian Zink.

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower will perform the Viennese waltz and salsa. Also performing those dances will be Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel, Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas and Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya.

Viennese Waltz

1. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
2. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
3. Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
4. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
5. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
6. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

Cha cha cha

1. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
2. David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
3. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
4. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
5. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
6. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff


1. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
2. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
3. Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
4. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
5. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
6. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya


1. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
2. David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
3. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
4. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
5. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
6. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff

“Dancing with the Stars” season 11 premieres 20 September 2010 on ABC.

Photo: ABC/Vivian Zink.

Dancing with the Stars Season 11: Michael Bolton

Photo Credit: Andrew Macpherson/ABC

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Michale Bolton was born Michael Bolotin to Jewish parents. He began as a hard rock singers with a band called Blackjack. His first album was self-titled, using his real surname.

FAMOUS FOR: Bolton is most famous for soft ballads, tenor voice and songwriting. His first success was as a songwriter when Laura Branigan made a minor hit of the song Bolton co-wrote, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” The song was number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1983 and they would collaborate again for the 1985 “I Found Someone.” That was a minor hit for Branigan.

In 1990, Bolton won the Best Pop Vocal Performance Grammy (Male) for “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” Bolton’s cover of “Georgia On My Mind” was a hit for him as well as “When a Man Loves a Woman.” The latter won him a Grammy Award in 1992.

Bolton’s singing partners have included Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles. Besides Branigan, he’s written songs with Bob Dylan, Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga.

Earlier this year, Bolton released his latest album “One World One Love” featuring his current single, “Murder My Heart” which he co-wrote with Lady Gaga and is currently on a worldwide concert tour.

Bolton  founded The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. in 1993. Based in his home state of Connecticut, the major focus of The MBC is the critical issue of violence against women. Since its inception, The MBC has dispersed over $6 million in grants to various organizations that support children and women at risk of poverty, abuse, neglect, homelessness and domestic violence.

In several movies, he has played himself (the 2008 “The Onion Movie,” the 2002 “Snow Dogs,” and the 1997 “Meet Wally Sparks”).

AGE: 57

BIRTHDATE: 26 February 1953 (Pisces)


CONNECTIONS: Bolton’s band Blackjack toured with Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne’s daughter Kelly finished third on “Dancing with the Stars” during season 9, behind the winner Donny Osmond with Kym Johnson and singer Mya with Dmitry Chaplin.Kelly’s partner was Louis Van Amstel.  Brandy was replaced by Sharon Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent.” David Hasselhoff was a judge along with Brandy and later with Sharon Osbourne.

DANCE: His dance skills might be very low, but he does have rhythm and that should help. The oldest winner on the show was Donny Osmond who is younger than Bolton.