Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returns to 'DWTS' as a Judge

The dancer talks about what it's like to be on the other side of the dance floor.
4:09 | 11/18/13

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Transcript for Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returns to 'DWTS' as a Judge
Turn now to the exciting night ahead on "dancing with the stars." Maks is back. This time at the judges' table. He got up early to be with us. Are you ready? I'm ready. I'm ready. And thank you for having me. At 5:00 a.M. Amazing. What's the key to being a good judge? Um, I think you have to be true to yourself. You know, and I think with this particular situation is different. I was on the other side, not awhile ago. And so, the key for me being a good judge tonight will be remembering what it's like to be on the other side. And things you wanted to hear and things you criticized the judges for before. I can't be a hypocrite and not do what I wanted them to do when I was a dancer, so -- that's my key. You know, maks, first of all, love the new look. Lara and I were commenting. And george, too, actually. Commting on the clean shave. I've been shaved before. I know. These fellow pros, they're like family to you. How are you able to judge them fairly? Well, yes. No, absolutely. And I'll judge them fairly because the pros we have on the show and the once that have made it so far, you know, out of five couples that are left, you know, four pros have won trophies before and multiple times. They know what they're doing. A lot of respect for them. We were all in the same you know -- in the same bowl so to speak. I remember, like I said, what it's like to be in a semifinal, to be exhausted. To be pushing the celebrities. To want the best for them at this point and in this stage. And, you know, how protective we feel of the people we're dancing with and, you know, I want to credit that. I want to give credit where it's due. And at the same time, be just and say, it's hard. It's a big deal. You have to show me what -- why should you be there and not somebody else? I love it. The nice maks. The nice judge, I think. I never said I would be nice. I said I would be judge. I remember what it's like. I do wish -- maks, twitter question for you. Candice wants to know, are you nervous at all about tonight? In your new role on the show? Am I nervous. Why would by nervous? That's classic maks. I get to sit, and speak, and criticize. All those things I was always looking forward to. All right, so maks, size it up for us. Fiveemaining couples who are you feeling for? You probably have to tune in and watch me tonight. Oh, he's a pro already. To get the answer to that question. I have my opinions already. None of them matter at this point because the way I look at it is -- I'm going to give myself one day and one show and one chance to make my mark and make my opinion you know, heard. I'm not thinking about what happened until this point. Or what will happen in the finale, because I have nothing to do with either of those. My job is today. Based on what I see this is what I'm going to go off and judge. We'll be watching. Just to give you an example, real quick, one of the pros have already said in rehearsal, they were doing something and you know, the pros nal was asked, well, that move, do you think it will work for the judges? And that person sansed, well, maks would like it. So -- they're already playing up the maks. We're going to be watching tonight. All of you should watch, too. 8:00, 7:00 central on abc.

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