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Being a professional dancer can be stressful, especially when the fate of a pop star rests in your hands! Just ask former Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

The bad boy of ballroom was a featured dancer in Jennifer Lopez’s tribute to Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz at the 2013 American Music Awards, and he totally stole the show. J.Lo may have hit the stage with a gaggle of dancers, but our eyes were only on Maks, and when he picked her up over his head and tossed her into his arms at the 4:20 mark in the video below, you’ll see why.


When celeb blogger Perez Hilton called the performance "epic" on Twitter, Maks responded: "The most stressful 4 seconds of my life!" And here we thought the most stressful seconds of Maksim's life were sitting behind the judges' table this season on Dancing With the Stars! Although, we can see how dropping a pop star on live television might be more nerve-racking. 

What did you think of Maks's big moment at the 2013 American Music Awards, DWTS fans? Sound off in the comments! 

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