Broadway Brawl! Maksim Chmerkovskiy vs. Len Goodman on DWTS Season 13, Week 6
Wow. As Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron put it, “It's Broadway Week and it's almost wrestling night.”
We expected the night’s focus to be on the continuing Season 13 showdown between Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez — whose Quicksteps tied at the top with scores of 29 out of 30 — but the real theme of the night was much less sparkly: pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy vs. The Judges. It got ugly. Len Goodman said Hope Solo’s Rumba was her worst dance so far. Maks fed the audience’s boos. Len said he shouldn’t since it was partly Maks’ fault.
Len: “I've been in this business for nearly 50 years...” Maks: “Maybe it's time to get out.” Carrie Ann Inaba: “Don't be disrespectful like that.”
Maks said he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, but everyone on the show works hard. In the Celebriquarium, he reacted none-too-kindly to the low score of 20 out of 30 including a “6” from Len — the same score Len gave to Chaz Bono’s Phantom of the Opera Tango.
“With all due respect, this is my show. I help make it what it is,” Maks said. (Derek Hough’s face in the background was priceless at that moment, by the way.) “I love every professional that’s ever been here and I love every celebrity that puts effort into every week. Having said that, I’m a little tired that we’re being judged some on effort and some on being picked on for heel leads. That’s all I’m saying.”
But the fans are the ones who will speak tonight. Will Team MakSolo rally their fan base? Hope and Maks have some of the most loyal fans, so it’s possible they will be fine and Chaz — or someone else — will be “in jeopardy” tomorrow night. But as they say on Broadway, the show must go on!