How would you feel about Maksim Chmerkovskiy getting a permanent seat at the Dancing With the Stars judges' table — preferably next to Bruno Tonioli, who might just love that a bit too much?
Maks is not opposed to the judging idea (not sure about the Bruno idea). Now that he has his own trophy, he doesn't have anything left to prove on that front. He could still return as a pro for the fall season — plenty of past pro winners continue to compete, ‘cause it’s a great gig — but Maks also said it's exhausting and told Derek Hough he couldn't believe he went through it all for five wins.
Meryl Davis and Maks were just on The Wendy Williams Show, and Wendy asked, point-blank, "I understand Len is leaving; if they offer you a judge job, would you take it?" Maks immediately answered: "Yeah."
So maybe that's what will happen, since head judge Len Goodman, now 70, did mention on the Finale that he might leave DWTS. He also judges Strictly Come Dancing in the UK at the same time as the fall season, and that London-to-L.A. commute is brutal.
Wendy seemed disappointed with Maks's guest judging last fall on Season 17. She said she thought he would be like the Simon Cowell of the dance world, but instead he was "soft." Maks said, "I'm not Simon." Wendy said he was a nice judge. "I'm not a nice judge," Maks countered. "I'm a good judge. I judge the way it's supposed to be. I know this business, I've been in it, I grew up in it. Somebody asked me yesterday why I started dancing and I once again thought about it. I was 4 years old. Who knows why? Spending 30 years in an industry, that you, you know, I think I've done a little bit in it. I know what I'm talking about. Unlike some of the guest judges that we had this season."
Wendy jumped in to say she liked Abby Lee Miller (of course she did), since she was entertaining. As a lay person just watching the show from home, she liked the way Abby stirred the pot.
Anyway — just for the record, since the showmances won't die — Wendy also asked about the dating situation. Meryl responded, "We're not dating." Does Meryl have a boyfriend, Wendy asked. "We like to keep the personal lives personal," Meryl added. So she and Maks are not dating, but that's all she's going to say on the subject.
What do you have to say on the subject of Maks as judge? Good idea? Bad idea? Maks probably wouldn’t stay “nice” every week, and you have to imagine he and Carrie Ann Inaba would spar enough to please Wendy.
Source: The Wendy Williams Show