Drama hits the ballroom on last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars. Maksim Chmerkovskiys went off on Len Goodman.
The disagreement happened when Len Goodman pointed out that he had never lost faith in Hope Solo, but went on to say that part of her poor performance in his view was due to the boots she was wearing. Len also said that he thought this was her worst dance to date in the competition. Maksim began to rile up the crowd when they booed Len for his comment. Len looked at Max and said,
“Part of this is your fault”
Max retorted that as long as the audience liked their journey, which was all that mattered. When Len began to talk about being in the business for 50 years Max snapped,
“Well then maybe it’s time to go”
Max claimed the judges were disrespectful to his partner Hope Solo. An earlier package showed Max telling Hope that he had lost faith in her, when she called him on it, he back tracked. Len’s comment about not losing faith was clearly a sign to Max that he didn’t like the way Max treats Hope in practice. The last three weeks, Hope and Max practice sessions showed them arguing and Max has been filmed saying his fair share of disrespectful things to Hope.
After the show ended, Max defended most of his comments telling reporters,
“She is improving, that is the point. I’m extremely proud of her. This is the first time she came out and she did exactly what she planned and there was no stress and no tension and it was a great performance. And I really liked dancing with her tonight. And to get comments that was the opposite of what it was, it wasn’t even upsetting, it was more like, ‘I have had enough!’ You have an opinion. I also have an opinion…The judges will say, ‘Hey, this is show business, this is supposed to be fun’. Well, I had fun tonight.”
One thing Max does regret from the night is his comments that some of the other professionals might have taken as an insult. After Hope and Max received their scores, co-host Brooke Burke Charvet asked Max for his comments. A fiery and somewhat arrogant sounding Max said,
“With all due respect, this is my show, I helped make it what it is”.
Freeze frame on the three deadpan faces of pro’s Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Kym Johnson and one gets the feeling they just might take exception to that comment.After the show Max told reporters that he didn’t mean to imply that it was solely his show and that he was the star.
But for Max the only opinion that really matters is that of his mothers who sent him a supportive text after the show. Max was so proud of it he told reporters and then tweeted about his mothers support.
In a season where the scoring has been noticeably higher even for poor dancers, Derek Hough commented “Sometimes you do take things personally. I did that one time with Shannon Elizabeth. 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.” Interesting to note, when Derek went off on judges several years ago, Max attributed it to Derek’s youth. Max believes that his comments tonight reflect his integrity “I pride myself on the fact that I’ve never changed. I think I got smarter, but the integrity is still there. I’m very clear in what I stand for.” Max has not been Hope Solo’s champion during rehearsals as shown in several packages, but tonight he went all White Night for her.