Len Goodman

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.




The finale of Dancing With The Stars was last night and Mya came out shining, as she was only three points away from perfection.

Mya made it clear she intends to win that trophy. “I haven’t worked this hard for this long not to win this thing,” she said Monday night. “That trophy is mine.”

Coming in a close second to Mya was Donny Osmond who scored with 85 out of 90 points.  He and professional partner Kym Johnson earned a perfect score of 30 for their Broadway-inspired freestyle routine, which head judge Len Goodman called “an absolute show-stopper.”

Kelly Osbourne kept smiling despite landing in third place with 76 points, confessing, “I never thought we’d get this far.”

Each star will perform again on Tuesday’s episode, when a new “Dancing” champion will be crowned.



On Dancing With The Stars, the contestants faced double elimination, with the second elimination being the result of a dance-off. Melissa Joan Hart was the first celebrity to be eliminated while both Michael Irvin and Louie Vito had to duke it out in a dance-off.

At the end of the night, Louie was the second celebrity eliminated leaving Michael was save for yet another week. Taylor Swift and Tiempo Libre gave a great performance during the Tuesday night double elimination show. Two down and seven to go!

List of couple and their scores

  • Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 36
  • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 35
  • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 33
  • Mark Dacasco and Lacey Schwimmer: 32
  • Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 31
  • Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel: 25
  • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 24
  • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 24
  • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova:23

Tell us: Who is your favorite couple?


The nine remaining contestants on Dancing with the Stars are prepared to face a tough week, as they will be hitting the ballroom floor with three new routines.  The three routines will include their typical dance performance, a group dance competition, and a performance of the jitterbug or the waltz.

“It’s been such a tough week because of all the new dances,” model Joanna Krupa tells PEOPLE. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking with everything that’s going on.”

“This is going to take a lot of stamina,” says Joanna. “[The mambo] is supposed to last for four minutes so keeping that energy up is one thing and then to be on the dance floor with eight other couples, that’s already stressful. Plus, I don’t want to get that tap!”

Unfortunately for the stars, two couples will be eliminated this week instead of just one. The couple with the lowest score, based on the judges’ scores and fan votes, will be automatically eliminated. The remaining two couples will then do a 40-second dance-off and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will determine who else goes home.

“It’s all about who can maintain, who can endure, who can take on more than one dance at a time,” says Melissa Joan Hart, who will be performing the waltz with partner Mark Ballas. “It’ll be interesting, definitely a battle.”


The judges on Dancing With The Stars were more generous this week as the lowest score was a 21. Football star, Michael Irvin got the lowest score while Donny Osmond received the highest score.

Though they did not have the highest score, Mya and Dmitry Chaplin continue to shine and have remained consistent on the show.

The night was filled with a tribute to Michael Jackson and a performance by Norah Jones. At the end of the night, Natalie Coughlin was eliminated. It came as a surprise but that is what happens when fans don’t vote for their favorite contestants.

List of the Couples and their scores:

    • Donny Osmond and Kym Jonhnson: 29
    • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 27
    • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 26
    • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 24
    • Joanna Krupa and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
    • Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel: 24
    • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 23
    • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 22
    • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 22
    • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 21


      Thirteen couples took to the dance floor on Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, performing various dances including the sexy Latin dances, the samba and the rumba.

      The most memorable dance of the night was Mya and Dmitri Chaplin’s rumba which earned them the first 10 of the season. Both Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli gave them ten points each while Len Goodman, who was hard to please as usual gave them seven points. The couple had the highest score of the night.

      Another great performance came from Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo, who danced the sexy rumba that earned them the second highest score of the night.

      The following couples results ranged from 20 to 23: Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough, Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff, Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson, Kelly Osbourne & Louis Van Amstel, and Louie Vito & Chelsie Hightower.

      The lowest scores of the night went to Tom DeLay and Michael Irvin. Tom suffered fractures in both feet and had to eventually quit the competition. At the end of the results, Debi and her partner were eliminated leaving 11 couples.

      List of couples and their scores:

      • Mya and Dmitri Chaplin:27
      • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 26
      • Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 23
      • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 21
      • Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 21
      • Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel: 20
      • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 20
      • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 19
      • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 18
      • Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 17
      • Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 17
      • Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke: 15
      • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 14

      Tell us: Who was your favorite couple of the night?


      Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were joined by Moulin Rouge director, Baz Luhrmannin who took the place of Len Goodman on the Dancing with the Stars panel on Monday’s show. The men and women danced together for the first time performing the quick step, the tango or the jive. These is a recap of the worst and best dancers of the night.

      Tony Dovolani and partner Kathy Ireland’s quick step turned out to be a disappointment. “You’re so reserved,” Carrie Ann told her of the stiff performance. “You’re beautiful to look at but you have to be engaging,” Bruno said. After the dance, they were awarded one of the lowest scores of the night.

      Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke earned 18 points for their tango — even though the panel had plenty of positive comments for what Carrie Ann called an “oddly well-matched couple.” “I thought you had dignity and grace,” Baz said, while Bruno called the former Congressman, “distinguished” and “determined.”

      On the other hand, Bruno could barely contain himself following Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff’s Muppets-themed quick step. “Spectacular, spectacular!” he shouted. They were awarded one of the highest scores of the night- an almost perfect 27 points.

      Mya and Dmitri Chaplin tied Aaron and Karina for the night’s highest scores by dancing an exceptional and energetic jive, also earning them straight 9’s from the judges.

      Here’s a full list of the scores:

      • Aaron Carter’s quick step: 27
      • Mya’s jive: 27
      • Donny Osmond’s jive: 25
      • Debi Mazar’s tango: 21
      • Mark Dacascos’s quick step : 21
      • Natalie Coughlin’s quick step: 21
      • Joanna Krupa’s jive: 20
      • Michael Irvin’s quick step: 20
      • Chuck Liddell’s tango: 19
      • Kelly Osbourne’s tango: 19
      • Louie Vito’s jive: 19
      • Melissa Joan Hart’s jive: 19
      • Kathy Ireland’s quick step : 18
      • Tom Delay’s tango : 18

      Tell Us: Who was your favorite of the night and who deserves to be eliminated?


      According to a new report, Dancing With The Stars judge Len Goodman was diagnosed with cancer back in March. He however kept it a secret until the season ended.

      Len who is also the head judge on the British version of the reality show called Strictly Come Dancing, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his prostate gland three weeks ago without telling any of his colleagues.

      “I have had the surgery now,” Goodman, 65, said. “Everything is gorgeously good. I will be back in September for sure.”

      Goodman says he is feeling better already, and is planning on returning to DWTS this fall.

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