"It was coming back and dancing with Mel last week -- seeing everybody and meeting everybody," he told GMA. "I hadn't been to L.A. this whole entire season. I've been trying to stay away. I miss it so I can't wait."
Never one to shy away from what's on his mind, Chmerkovskiy also took the opportunity to handicap the sixth-season's four celebrity semifinalists -- Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor, Cristian de la Fuente and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
"The best dancer on the show is clearly Kristi Yamaguchi. But that's been clear since Day 1," said Chmerkovskiy, who has twice stated he doesn't think she actually has a shot at winning since she's a woman.
In addition, Chmerkovskiy said he thinks de la Fuente tearing a tendon in his bicep actually helped the telenovela star awake from a funk and ride it to the semifinals.
"Cristian with his one arm, I think that actually spiked it up for him a little bit because he was very quiet and under the radar. Then he had this injury and now he's coming out with these amazing Latin performances," said Chmerkovskiy. "I think he's a lot more active now. He's trying to camouflage that he only uses 50% of his body."
Chmerkovskiy added the only semifinalist he's stunned is still around is Winokur.
"I'm really surprised about Marissa being here still. I think everybody is," he said. "She's been probably thought about leaving in week two or three, and now she's in the semifinals."
(Photo credit ABC)
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