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"Dancing" Co-Star Defends Maksim's Outburst

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy
is taking serious flack after unloading on the judges last night on "Dancing with the Stars" -- but one of his co-stars has got his back!

toofab caught Tony Dovolani out at Madeo in L.A. after taping last night's episode, where he rallied behind the outspoken Ukrainian.

"As dancers we always have to be able to stand up for ourselves and Maks stood up for his partner," said Tony, who couldn't resist a jab at the show too by adding "It's a very one-sided talk show."

Dovolani also says "a lot of times people just want us to shut up and dance but every once and a while we put our heart into it and we feel passionate about something and voice our opinion."

Sounds like those professional dancers really stick together!

Whose side are you on? Maks or the judges? Re-watch the original outburst below:


Comments (30)

JUstin:  1008 days ago

Maksim is Right . If the Judges keep this up , no celebrities would want to appear on the show. This is what the fear and dislike the most about the show (and probably why most say "No , thank you), and that is , people talking down to them . Judges have to take it easy , or else , this show will come to an end pretty soon...

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toot2427:  1008 days ago

YOU GO MAKSIM! YOU ARE RIGHT TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR PARTNER. THE JUDGES ARE AFTER YOU FOR SOME REASON. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE THE GREATEST ON THE SHOW. HANG IN THERE AND FIGHT. DON'T GIVE UP. WE LOVE YOU!

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princesspr:  1008 days ago

I totally agree with Max. The show is always been one-sided, this why after the first season the public helps decide the winner of the show and not just the judges.

I am tire of the judges liking someone and giving them better scores based on the effort that celebrity put into their routine; but, when the better dancer has to be overly judge.

Also, I notice no matter who is Derek's partner he and his partner received praises; however, see how Tony and Max's partners are judge. Also noted the quality of partners Tony, Max and Derek are given.

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diana:  1008 days ago

I totally support and agree with Max. It's about time. The Judges are so one-sided and very partial. Especially Len and Carrie-Ann.

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wirelessmom:  1008 days ago

I'm with Max, Len showed the first disrespect. My question is why is Chastity Bono still on this show? Isn't it supposed to be about dancing ability? Not today's flavor of "political correctness"?

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Dave:  1008 days ago

@princesspr,
There's no escaping politics. It is everywhere. That and greed, though the latter may not apply on dancing with the stars, are shaping America throughout.

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tracker:  1008 days ago

max..your awsome.so glad you had the guts to say what we've all been thinking..tony your a good guy...[remember len telling m.bolton.go back into your dog house! i would have decked him....

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bahbeeg@aol.com:  1008 days ago

I'm siding with Maxs.. These judges have given props to Chaz and Carson for working hard and then Kristin and Hope who have actual dancing ability are gone. They need to rethink their skill critiques as being too harhsh and Mxs should apologize for the "maybe you have to go " remark to Len.

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herkykal:  1008 days ago

Max is totally right, good for him, what is this a one sided program, the judges can degrade anyone they want but the star dancers have to keep quiet. NOT, it doesn't work that way, the dancer work very hard, earn their money and shouldn't have to take such crap off anyone.

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Pam:  1008 days ago

I agree the show has just become a political popularity correctness contest, with little to do with dance when it comes to judging. Chaz and judge whats herface are the worst dancers on there and should have been the first to go, and Kristin and Hope should be competing.

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wenzy:  1008 days ago

YOU GO MAX!! IT IS TIME FOR LEN TO GO IN FACT IT IS TIME FOR ALL NEW JUDGES! EVEN WHEN A COUPLE IS DESERVING OF A 10 LEN WILL ONLY GIVE A 9. HE MAKES IT SO YOU HAVE TO PERSONALLY PULL THAT EXTRA POINT OUT OF HIS BUTT!

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appel:  1008 days ago

Your an idiot an it's people like you that are making this country go to hell...

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Jules:  1008 days ago

Ok, I think the judges have a duty to be honest with their critiques whether or not we like or agree with them. The competitors can't improve if they're not told what they need to improve on.

That being said, there is a fine line between constructive criticism and blatent rudeness. I dearly love all three judges (yes even Len) however Len has been unnecessarily harsh in his criticisms for the past couple of weeks, being especially critical of Hope.
Hope is visibly rattled/frustrated because her best doesnt seem to be good enough. Let's face it, Hope isn't the greatest dancer. But she's giving it everything she has and feels beaten down by the judges. And understandbly so. Perhaps the judges see great potential in Hope and they're incredibly frustrated with her. Regardless, a little kindness goes a long way. Len has the capability of delivering a critique while at the same time offering at least some SHRED of encouragment. But I suppose someone has to be the bad guy. He was WAY out of line last night.
Maks has every right to speak up and defend his partner. I just hope that Len's sharp criticism doesn't discourage Maks from returning to the show. This is supposed to be a fun experience for the contestants, but it clearly isn't fun for Hope. Maks did what was right and doesn't deserve criticism for speaking out. I honestly hope that Hope can overcome this and win praise from the judges (if she isn't eliminated tonight, that is)
She shouldn't feel defeated and beaten down, it's sad! I feel sorry for her.
WAY TO GO MAKS! And way to go Tony for defending him!

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krktoday:  1008 days ago

Len was the first one to be a real jerk when he told Max that was the worst dance of the season and he was half responsible. I can't stand Len. He think's he is the Simon Cowell of DWTS's. He fricken praises Chaz and Nancy like they are ballerina's and tell's Max he can't dance. Hopefully the ladies won't let Max get voted off but I bet he isn't back as a dancer next year. Either will I. If it wasn't for some of the dancer's this show wouldn't be worth watching any more. No offense to Chaz but I think his voter's are voting for Cher. This has turned into a popularity contest. Last year we watched really good dancer's get voted off each week while Kirstie Alley just kept hanging on. Can't wait to see what talented dancer get's voted off tonight while they keep fatso and fatterso
on the show

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Glenda :  1008 days ago

Mak's great job on the defending. Sometimes people need to get disrespectful to those who think they know everything there is to know. You and the professional dancers take people with little of no experience and teach them steps in a weeks time. I'd like to see the Judges do that.

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