Maksim says unlike Marie, Dancing cast did not “burden people with our personal issues”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the dancer who’s partnered with Melanie Brown on Dancing with the Stars 5, says that Marie Osmond is using her personal problems to get sympathy and votes.

“I know first hand that there are a lot of other celebrities on the show who went through somewhat similar situations this season and they decided not to make it public … we decided not to burden people with our personal issues. I think that is why our fan base carries us through because they vote for our dancing not whatever happens in our life,” Maks told Extra. He also said, “I think she represents a lot of women out there with all their problems.”

He says that she doesn’t deserve to be in the finale. “I think Jennie was better than Marie. Frankly, I think there are a lot of other people better than Marie,” he said. But he expects that “either a cute man or somebody with a huge fan base [will win] and I think Marie has both Helio and Mel’s fan base combined times five.”

However, Maks is not above exploiting his own partner’s assets. Mel, he says, is “gonna be showing a lot of skin. The most skin the show has ever seen!”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: ‘There Are a Lot of People Better Than Marie’ [Extra]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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