Maks vs. Julianne: Who Was the Better Dancing With the Stars Guest Judge?
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Maks vs. Julianne: Who Was the Better Dancing With the Stars Guest Judge?

Dancing With the Stars Season 17 had two former pro dancers sit in as guest judges: Julianne Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. We also had Cher, but she didn’t contribute much beyond calling Jack Osbourne a pimp.

Which pro’s style did you prefer? Maks and Julianne both focused mostly on positive reinforcement. They’ve been on the other side many times and referenced their personal connections.

Week 4 judge Julianne flirted a bit with Brant Daugherty, offered a few pieces of constructive criticism, and stirred up a wee bit of controversy when saying she wanted to see Christina Milian shine, rather than her pro partner Mark Ballas. She was Mark’s old dance partner, and she said sometimes you have to dance in front of him to shine. Julianne matched her fellow judges’ scores all night, even if she didn’t always agree with them in her comments.

Semifinals judge Maks may have actually taken it easier on the couples, which some fans probably weren’t expecting from the outspoken pro. He took time to say something positive about every celeb, and even complimented the pros in different ways. (He complimented his ex-fiancee Karina Smirnoff so much she even ran over to kiss him.) He didn’t offer a lot of technical suggestions, focusing more on performance and effort. Bruno Tonioli flirted with Maks shamelessly, and Carrie Ann Inaba came over to hug him from behind because the sparring duo actually agreed several times. Maks didn’t always agree with his fellow judges, and some fans cried foul when he was the sole “9” for Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s Jazz.

All in all, neither pro really offered fireworks, although Julianne’s comments about Mark lingered for a while. Maks didn’t say anything on that level, which may actually have disappointed some fans who expected him to be spicy.

Who was the better guest judge, to you? Who would you want to see on the panel again, as a guest or even as a recurring/permanent judge? Vote in our reaction buttons, then share your reasons below!

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