“Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has never been one to keep his opinion to himself and he’s not starting now. The veteran pro appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning and took issue with the addition of the “dancing duels” to the show this season.
“The fan of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as a show as it became says it’s a complete waste of time because if we’re going to give the fans the power to decide, well then let’s give them all the power, not 98 percent,” Chmerkovskiy said.
Chmerkovskiy and his celebrity partner, actress Melissa Gilbert, were voted off the hit ABC show Tuesday night in a dramatic double elimination. Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower also got the boot.
Fegan had received praised week after week from the judges for his performances but found himself in the bottom two, forcing him into the dance duels. Fegan had beat out actor Jaleel White last week to stay on the show. There was no duel this week and Fegan got no second shot to stay on.
“I am not a fan of the dance duels, at all,” Fegan said. “I don’t know why they created them, but … I made it pretty far so they kept me in the game.”
Elimination in the competition has always been a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes, but for the first time this season, producers added a “dance duel” into the competition. Couples who have the two lowest combined scores face off against one another in a simultaneous dance duel, and the judges are the ones who make the ultimate decision about who stays and who goes home.
Chmerkovskiy ruffled feathers last season for what many said were disrespectful comments to Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for their judging.
“Please don’t let the [next] question be, ‘What you think of the judges,’” he joked to George Stephanopoulos in the “GMA” interview, referencing last season’s flap.