Derek Hough and Maks Chmerkovskiy rivalry

Derek Hough And Maks Chmerkovskiy Rivalry Returns To DWTS; Maks Insists There Is No Rivalry On His Part

I never thought Dancing With The Stars would last for so long, but it really is a reality TV staple at this point. It has revived the careers of plenty of celebs and has turned the professional dancers into stars.

Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Maks Chmerkovskiy have been around for a long time, and at this point, they are actually more famous than some of the “stars” they are dance with. Not only that, but there has been much gossip about all of them, including rumors of rivalries.


I always wondered how it worked when it comes to picking partners. Obviously, a big part of Maks, Derek, and Cheryl becoming famous was lasting long throughout the seasons and a lot of that comes down to having a good partner.

We all remember Maks popping off in the past about Derek having better partners, aka an advantage to win, so I wonder if there’s some sort of draft or if they’re randomly assigned or what.

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It’s hard to tell if the professional dancers actually like each other on Dancing With The Stars. Yes, they have been on the same TV show for years, but they have been competing against each other this whole time so are there rivalries? Cheryl, Derek, and Maksim opened up about what it’s really like to be on the show in an interview with Us Weekly.

I’m honestly not sure what to make of these quotes from Maks. He insisted there isn’t a rivalry with Derek, but he sounds pretty salty to me, “I don’t have a rivalry with Derek. Derek may have a rivalry with me, but I don’t have one. I just literally said everything that everybody else thinks. I don’t have a problem with Derek. The producers have changed and it’s different now.”

It doesn’t seem like Maks is cool with things to me. In all honesty, he sounds like a super bitter hothead. 

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Derek talked about the partners he has had in the past: “I’ve been very fortunate with partners. But I will also say that it is not rigged. Production has said to me, honestly, ‘People are complaining, so we’re going to give you this partner, because it seems more difficult.’ Then I ended up winning.”

I’m sure Maks was steaming when he read that quote from the interview/when Derek beat him a million times.

Derek seems pretty humble in all honesty since he said, “I just say, ‘Look, I’m putting in the work. I don’t want to get caught up in it. I don’t need extra drama.’” Then again, maybe he is hinting at some issues with Maks, “Whatever somebody else says about me, that’s only a reflection on how they feel and how they are.”

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Cheryl chimed in on what may or may not be a feud between Maks and Derek: “People are like, ‘Derek has six mirrorball trophies!’ But that is because Derek is talented. When I won my first two seasons, people thought it was being rigged for me!”

Well, it sure doesn’t seem like Derek and Maks are friends or that they really like each other if I’m being honest. But then again, they have been competitors for years.


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