You may have seen the last of Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the “Dancing with the Stars” floor, but perhaps not on the show. While he doesn’t see himself returning as a pro anymore, the dancer would love to stick around as a judge if ABC would have him.
“I would have loved to judge and transition into that, but it’s not my call,” he told MassLive.com.” “It’s not up to me. Everything that is up to me, I do at 100 percent and then give it my all. I just don’t think I can do the show as a professional dancer at 100 percent and give it my all anymore. I am at a different point in my life.”
In his 17 seasons as a pro, Chmerkovskiy won once, with Meryl Davis in Season 18, which he had previously planned on being his last season, but he returned for the three most recent installments, Seasons 23-25. In the interim, he served as a guest judge three times.
“I would love to do that gig. That’s my thing,” he continued. “That’s my medium [and] that’s what I know. I know exactly what I am looking at. I know exactly what I want it to be and exactly how to influence someone to do better in that genre. That’s what a judge should do, in addition to adding to the production.”
Chermkovskiy, who’s currently on tour with his wife and brother and fellow “Dancing” pros Peta Murgatroyd and Val Chmerkovskiy, would join Julianne Hough as a pro-turned-judge. The two-time champ sat on the panel from Seasons 19-24, but the show has since reverted back to its original three main judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
“If that’s in my future, I would gladly accept it,” Chmerkovskiy said. “If not, there are other opportunities. We are always moving forward.”
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