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'Dancing With the Stars': Maks Chmerkovskiy's boot shot to Len Goodman

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform on "Dancing with the Stars." (Sept. 26, 2011) Credit: ABC

Maks Chmerkovskiy, who rarely if ever has been accused of screwing up heel leads, took his heel and (figuratively, so to speak) ground it into the squabbles, nitpicks, and adjudications of three judges who have found nothing to like in his ”Dancing with the Star's,” partner, Hope Solo, this season.

This is my show! he declared.

Maybe Len (Goodman) should get out! he declared again.

“Everyone on the balcony has been dying and killing themselves only to hear your judgmental comments!”

Finally, this season's “Dancing with the Stars” has some fire in it, courtesy the fireman.

 But let's put the Maks outburst of 2011 (fall season) into a bit of perspective, shall we?

1.) How unusual was this mini-brawl? Not really unusual at all. It's Maks being Maks. Maks, alone among the pros really, has a way of snapping when he feels like snapping. Even Derek Hough usually manages to keep his snaps to himself, though this season, certainly been no reason to do otherwise.

2.) Does the show “belong” to Maks? Well, if we must be technical, it belongs to the BBC and ABC. But in a way, he brings up a long-standing truth of “DWTS:” The show does belong to the pros, Maks chief among them, who are now bigger stars that the stars. The judges judge and the pros dance, but guess which job is easier, and guess who brings more to the show in the long run? A judge's comment isn't going to improve a contestant's score; the effort his or her pro puts into the contestant will. Maks is the biggest personality on the floor -- and in some ways, leader of the pros. He certainly doesn't speak for all of them, nor necessarily do his sentiments reflect everyone's . . . but he is respected, and a Maksian outburst is to be expected, relished.

3.) Rude to tell Len (Goodman) to quit? Of course it was rude! But the context was slightly less than serious, and Len probably did ask for it -- "I've been in this business for 50 years..." which opened the door for the quip. Carrie Anne came to his defense, though you sort of wonder why Len didn't come to his own defense.

4.) What is wrong with Hope? That's the core of Maks' frustration; they were the pair to win it all this season, and now they are on the ropes. Hard to say what's going on -- maybe she simply has no talent for this kind of thing -- but premiere athletes have a way of faking their way through the process en route to the mirror ball. Maks' outburst may have the unintended -- or who knows, intended -- effect of getting Solo into some sort of groove.

5.) Will there be repercussions? Unimaginable. Maks is Maks, and Len is Len. This is who they are. They are not about to change. And the show must go on. If Hope gets drilled out tonight -- hard to imagine but possible -- then this all becomes a moot point.

 Or a boot one.

Here's the full clip.


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