Will Dancing With the Stars  Season 14 be the season controversial pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy finally takes home the Mirror Ball? Based on a recent interview with Access Hollywood, he certainly thinks he and partner Melissa Gilbert are off to a good start.

"She’s good," Maks said. "She’s in great shape. She has gone through stuff in the last couple of years — physically — with surgery. I was worried about that, [but] knock on wood, things seem to be fine.”

That would be a reference to the back surgery Melissa had in 2010. It seems like back surgery within the last few years would be a major detriment to DWTS success, but Melissa agrees with Maks that it's not really a problem so far.

“[Rehearsals] didn’t hurt my surgical area," she explained. "It hurts everything else...it hurts my hips, it hurts my feet, it hurts my arm."

If there's one thing we've learned from years of watching DWTS, it's that a little pain is definitely required to get to the top, so it sounds like Melissa is on the right track.

Dancing With the Stars Season 14 premieres Monday, March 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

Source: Access Hollywood

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