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Things are getting heated and nasty on Dancing With The Stars and it has nothing to do with what’s happening on stage!

According to Us Weekly, it’s a case of the bad boy vs. the golden boy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough “hate each other!”

“The professional dance community is really small. The dancers have known one another their entire lives,” an insider explains, referring to the contention that has developed. “Now that the group is famous, it’s added a whole other level of rivalry and competitiveness.”

The long-standing rivalry was exacerbated following Maksim’s on-air showdown with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba after a controversial critique of he and partner Hope Solo’s rumba. Maksim, who referred to DWTS as “my show” during his rant and encouraged Len to retire, upset Derek who defended the judge’s comments! Mad Maks retaliated by slamming Derek in an interview and claiming he only does well in the competition because he has partners with previous dancing experience!

Well, Derek is not taking those accusations lightly! “I had a laugh about that [comment],” the three-time winner responded. He believes Maks’ accusations stem from jealousy over never having a DWTS win! “I was looking at the plaque upstairs and…well, never mind,” he snipes, referring to the winners’ plaques, which is absent of Maksim’s name.

Apparently, this rivalry may have something to do with Maks briefly dating Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough! Allegedly “Julianne told Maks she didn’t want to have a serious relationship,” yet started seriously dating the very famous Ryan Seacrest which seemed to lead to big things in her career! Well, a source is claiming that a “bitter” Maks started “planting false rumors that Julianne was cheating on Ryan” with him! As for Derek, he was not a fan of Maks dating his sister. “Derek did not like him going out with his sister,” says a source.

Another reason for the beef between the pros is the belief that Derek is a “golden child” of DWTS producers. “Maks speaks his mind, but Derek is a kiss-ass. He never challenges anything. No wonder he gets the best partners!” says a source. Another source, however, states that it’s sour grapes on Maksim’s part.

“There’s no special treatment. Derek is a great teacher! Maks has had great partners too – Brandy, Erin Andrews — and he couldn’t make them win,” says the source. “He should have won with Mel B!” Touché…

However, one source counters that while Derek seems like a nice guy on air; looks can be deceiving! “Derek is dating Lauren Conrad for publicity,” says the insider. “He is focused on becoming a huge star like Julianne.”

A new episode of Dancing With The Stars airs tonight on ABC (8/7c).

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THOUGHTS ON THE FEUD? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON — MAKS OR DEREK? DO YOU BELIEVE DEREK ISN’T THE NICE GUY HE PRETENDS TO BE? IS MAKSIM JEALOUS OF HIS WINS?

It was Halloween night on Dancing With The Stars but nothing too scary happened as the stars put on their best performances this season!

The stakes were high Monday night as each of the six contestants had to perform two dances each — one with their professional partners and a team dance with two other couples. The team-dance score was then applied to each couple in the group.

Coming in first place for the 5th time this season was Ricki Lake despite a rib injury. Ricki received a score of 27 for her paso doble with partner Derek Hough, before going on to perform another Paso Doble dance with her group. The group included Ricki, Rob Kardashian and Hope Solo. ‘Team Paso’ received a score of 26!

The biggest surprise of the night was Rob Kardashian, who gave his best performance of the season the same day his big sis Kim Kardashian filed for divorce. Rob received a good score of 25 for his sizzling tango to the “Addams Family” theme song with partner Cheryl Burke. “Rob, your best dance so far,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Backstage, Rob spoke out about Kimmie’s divorce, stating: “We’re here to support her, whatever she does.”

Landing in last place was news anchor Nancy Grace. Nancy earned an okay score of 21 for her lackluster jive. “This wasn’t a good dance for you,” said judge Len Goodman. “It was a disappointment for me.” Nancy earned another 23 points for her group dance with war veteran J.R. Martinez and actor David Arquette.

Below are the full scores from last night including the solo dance and group dance:

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: (27, 26) 53
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 25, 26) 51
Maks Chmerkovskiy & Hope Solo: (24, 26) 50
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: (25, 23) 48
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: (24, 23) 47
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: (21, 23) 44

The results show airs tonight on ABC (9/8c) during which another celeb will be sent packing!

TELL US – WHO SHOULD BE VOTED OFF? IS IT NANCY’S TIME TO GO?

As I’m sure you all know by now, Chaz Bono was voted off Dancing With the Stars this week. His elimination has sparked a lot of emotion (from both fans and haters), as well as many questions about the show. Is it a dance competition or a popularity contest? Are the judges comments actually constructive or just entertaining for shock value? And of course, the biggest question of all, is this Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s show? ;)

Chaz expressed disdain for Bruno Tonioli after the judge called him an Ewok a few weeks ago and a penguin on Monday. Taking the high road (with a bit of a dig), he tells Life and Style, “I don’t have to wake up and be Bruno tomorrow, I get to wake up and be me.” That seems to be putting a positive spin on the situation.

His dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, elaborates , “I think they need to focus on actually judging dancing skills rather than a personality or the look. The judges and comments and scores kind of set it all up [for us to be eliminated in the public vote].” While I agree with that logic, I also feel like people who get lots of audience votes can stay around longer than improving dancers with less of a fan base. Must be the nature of the beast.

Regardless, Chaz is proud of his time on the show, as any DWTS contestant should be–especially those with no prior dancing experience. He gained a lot from the experience, stating, “I learned that I was capable of so much more than I thought I was.” Kudos to anyone who is able to say that about anything in their lives!

While Chaz seems to be bowing out gracefully, his superstar mother Cher isn’t following suit. She had some very choice tweets for Bruno and Len Goodman. Taking to twitter, Cher vented, “Going Home is Fine but why insult him b4 he Goes! Maybe Rudeness & Flapping Arms take the place of TALENT….As for the Older Gentleman ….every Show Needs A Grumpy Old Man !” Hmmm….to whom could she be referring?

Carrie Ann Inaba was spared from Cher’s tirade. Chaz’s celebrity mother gave a shout out to the third judge, tweeting, “Thank u Carrie Ann 4 your Gentility u r beautiful inside & out.” Cher later continued, “The Chick is beautiful & Polite ! The Men suck.” You can’t really fault a mother for coming to the defense of her child, can you?

It’s a slippery slope…I’m trying not to take a stance, but I do have to applaud anyone who steps out of their comfort zone and sincerely seems to be trying to bring awareness to a cause near and dear, whether it is widely accepted or hyper-criticized. Do I think Chaz is a great decent dancer? He’s better than me, but that is not saying much. However, I think anyone who goes on this show, especially with no background in dance, is pretty courageous.

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DWTS: DANCING COMPETITION OR POPULARITY CONTEST? DO YOU THINK CHAZ (AND HIS FANS) ARE MORE UPSET ABOUT THE ELIMINATION OR THE JUDGES’ COMMENTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHER’S REACTION?


Following this week’s outburst on Dancing With The Stars over perceived judges favoritism, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is continuing to defend his actions and refusing to apologize! He is also slamming certain competitors – and he is not holding back!

Speaking out on Good Morning America, Maks is still seething over the unfair critique he believes he and partner his partner Hope Solo received at the hands of judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba. “I definitely have nothing to apologize for I have nothing to apologize for to Len, and certainly not to Carrie Ann. She can make all the faces she wants.”

“I don’t regret anything. That’s why I think I’m a bit misunderstood in this situation,” he explained, making it clear he has no intention of trying to make his way back into the judges’ good graces. “Everyone is waiting for me to bow my head, take a knee and say I’m sorry and plea for forgiveness. I have nothing to apologize for.”

He is also furious about how the judges speak to the contestants during those critiques! “Why is it that the judges are allowed to compare us to animals and say stuff they think is funny when it’s nothing constructive at all and we can’t say that they’re wrong, basically?” Maksim questioned, referring to comments from judge, Bruno Tonioli comparing Chaz Bono to a “little penguin”.

As for his comment to the judges calling DWTS “my show”, Maksim agrees he misspoke, describing: “When I got on this show six years ago I treated it as a dance competition and everyone here tried really hard to change my mind and say ‘Look Maks, it’s a show, there are other elements to it,’ so I embraced it. But one thing I’m not going to embrace is pointed fingers and disrespectful remarks.”

“I love the show. I love the fans. I love every aspect of it and that was the whole idea behind what came out wrong with “my show,” he explained. And he also loves his partner! “One thing I don’t want to do is to have Hope have any negative vibe out of this,” he emphasized, further leading to speculation that the two may be more than dance partners! “She’s truly our star and she’s been doing an amazing job.”

Well, Maks may love Hope and the fans, but there’s someone else he certainly doesn’t love besides the judges – competitor Derek Hough! Maks describes Derek as looking out for number one and calls him “very supportive of his personal career on the show,” referring to Derek’s comments agreeing with the judges’ critiques of Hope’s performance this week.

And he is making it clear Derek is successful because he gets all the partners with experience! “With all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Jennifer Grey, followed by Ricki Lake, I probably wouldn’t be very upset with the judges either!”

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this issue. I’ll be tuning in next week to see what happens! So the question is -

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DO YOU THINK MAKS OWES THE JUDGES AN APOLOGY FOR HIS OUTBUST? WAS HE OUT OF LINE WITH HIS COMMENTS ABOUT DEREK? DO YOU THINK HIS RECENT BEHAVIOR WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT HIS STANDING ON THE SHOW?

Monday night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars brought us bright lights and big attitudes!

It also brought some top notch performances from front runners J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake. It is however the dramatic showdown between pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and judge Len Goodman that has fans talking this Tuesday morning!

The hotness known as Maksim or is it ‘Mad Maks’ rather blew a fuse during the live competition last night following some harsh criticism by Len. After dancing a sexy rumba with his partner/soccer player Hope Solo, Len stated it was Hope’s “worst dance of the season.”

“I always feel like there is so much there, and for some reason it hasn’t come out,” stated Len, 67. “This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion.”

Maksim, 31, made it clear he did not agree with Len’s comments which promtped Len to tell him: “I’ve been in this business for 50 years.” Maksim was less than impressed as he promptly retorted: “Then maybe it’s time to go!”

In fact judge Carrie Ann Inaba had to step in as she scolded Maks by telling him, “Don’t be disrespectful like that!”

After receiving a low score of 20 from the judges (Chaz Bono was the only contestant to score lower with a score of 19), Maksim was unapologetic backstage! “With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is,” said Maks to host Brooke Burke Charvet, leading to a slightly awkward moment.

As for Maks, the ballroom seems to be split as some of his pro dancers supported his opinion while others made it clear they did not agree with his stance.

Lacey Schwimmer agreed: “They always have their favorites, and this season it’s completely clear who they are. I won’t name names, but we are not one of them,” she said. “I’m actually proud of what Maks said. A lot of us don’t get the chance to stand up for us and our partners.”

Karina Smirnoff, who also happens to be Maksim’s ex-fiance, did not share his point of view. Karina told E! News, “We danced right after Maks so I just wanted to make sure that the judges made sure that we didn’t concur with Maks’ opinion…He needs a hug.”

Hope stated she was “so grateful” that Maks defended her while Maks has no regrets about his outburst. Maks said “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.”

Below are the full scores from last night -

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 29
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 22
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 20
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 19

It will be interesting to see if Maks’ outburst turned off the voters and affects Hope’s chances of staying on the show! The results show airs tonight on ABC.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MAKSIM’S MELTDOWN? UNDERSTANDABLE OR OUT OF LINE?

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It was 80s night on Dancing With The Stars and a new front runner emerged on Monday following weeks of leaderboard domination by Ricki Lake!

War veteran J.R. Martinez finally rose to the top last night earning the highest score of the night and praises from the judges! J.R. alongside partner Karina Smirnoff scored an impressive 28 for their sultry sumba. “You are like a shattering sex machine,” said judge Bruno Tonioli, who gave the couple a perfect score of 10. “You had so much fire down below, it was like a volcano!” he added. Carrie Ann Inaba also praised J.R. on his hotness! “Hay papi muy caliente,” she said. “That is the way to dance that samba.”

As for Ricki Lake, she stumbled quite a bit last night for Ricki Lake standards, though she still managed to receive a good score of 24 for her foxtrot. Bruno said it best when he stated: “You can’t be a genius every week.”

Landing at the bottom of the scoreboard for the second week in a row was fashion guru Carson Kressley who may or may not have to worry about what to wear next week on the show!  Carson earned a poor 19 out of 30 points with Bruno calling the jive routine from he and partner Anna Trebunskaya a “crowning achievement in madness.” Ouch!

The full scores from last night are below -

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 28
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 25
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 25
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 24
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 22
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 19

The results show airs tonight on ABC at 9/8c during which another star will be sent packing.

TELL US – WHO SHOULD GET THE BOOT? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?

It’s slowly turning into the Ricki Lake Show on Dancing With The Stars as for the third week in a row, Ricki led the scoreboard!

The surprise of the night however came when it was revealed that Ricki, 43, had threatened to quit the show during the week, despite being the one to beat. “I feel a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Ricki while struggling with the new routine. “Has anyone ever quit the show?”

“I am going to have a breakdown. I just can’t do it,” Ricki complained. “It’s just very confusing for me. I am not getting it. I want to quit. Like I totally want to quit — and I am not a quitter.”

Fortunately for Ricki she hung in there, and even more impressive, she and her partner Derek Hough (who is rumored to be dating Lauren Conrad) nabbed the season’s first scores of 10! Following her performance of a tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “brilliance in the ballroom,” Ricki earned two perfect 10s, scoring a total of 29 points out of 30.

Coming in second place for the third week in a row is war veteran J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff. J.R. received a good score of 26 points for his smooth fox-trot.

At the bottom of the scoreboard was Carson Kressley, who earned a low score of 20 points for his underwhelming pirate-themed Viennese waltz. Judge Len Goodman said the dance was “like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and enjoyable when it’s over.” Ouch! Carrie Ann also criticized Carson before going on to call the dance his “most butch” performance yet.

The full scores from last night are below -

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20

On tonight’s results show, another celebrity will be sent packing!

TELL US – DO YOU THINK RICKI WILL WIN THIS SEASON? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?

This week’s Dancing With The Stars leaderboard looks a lot similar to last week’s as for the second week in a row Ricki Lake leads the scoreboard while Chaz Bono is at the bottom yet again.

Ricki won over both the judges and fans with her spectacular rumba which represented the hardship she has experienced in the last year including a divorce and her house burning down. Her dance was far from disastrous giving her and partner Derek Hough the night’s top score of 27.

Tied for second place were both Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez, each scoring 26. War veteran J.R. had the ballroom in tears when he opened up about his war vehicle hitting a land mine when he was just 19 years old, disfiguring his face and more than 40 percent of his body. He dedicated his dance to the men and women serving our country. J.R. went on to receive a standing ovation for his rumba dance with partner Karina Smirnoff!

Coming in last place was Chaz Bono who struggled yet again. Quite frankly, Chaz failed to impress with his rumba receiving a low score of 18. Despite the score, judge Len Goodman called the rumba Chaz’s best dance yet while Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Just showing up here takes incredible amounts of courage.” It will be interesting to see if Chaz will be sent packing tomorrow night or if the fans will continue to save him!

Below are the full scores from last night -

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 27
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 26
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 24
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 18

Tonight, another contestant will be dismissed from the show. The judges’ scores will be combined with viewer votes to determine who goes home.

TELL US – IS IT CHAZ’S TIME TO GO? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING?

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