"Girls don't vote for other girls," Chmerkovskiy, who is not competing on the show's current season, told Entertainment Weekly during a recent interview. "Let's face it... Out of 25.2 million viewers, I think .2 is the men. So the rest are women -- and the kind of women that probably don't like other women to be good at something they do. Sorry women, but I think that that's the thing that would keep a woman from winning."
"She won't," Chmerkovskiy definitively answered when asked if another woman could win Dancing with the Stars. Although she set an all-time Week 1 performance record during last week's sixth season premiere, that even includes former Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, according to Chmerkovskiy.
"I'll tell you what I noticed, and this is something that probably a lot of viewers are not paying attention to," he told Entertainment Weekly after watching the sixth-season's two-night premiere. "I'm not trying to bash on anybody... I'm just trying to give the dancers a lift a little bit, a boost if you may. They have nine weeks to go, and they need to step up their game. That's what I noticed."
Chmerkovskiy explained that the 12 sixth-season celebrity participants showed him they are "very talented and capable" -- but after four weeks of training with their professional partners, they also "weren't really up to par to their talent."
"So that tells me that their dance partners -- their professionals -- are not really doing a good enough job," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I'm not saying all of them, I'm saying there were a couple of dances that I thought could have been better given the celebrities' talent."
Chmerkovskiy claims his own fear that he might become disinterested with a sixth-season celebrity partner played a factor in why he decided to instead watch from the sidelines.
"I'm a perfectionist, and I would never allow myself to do a mediocre job," he told Entertainment Weekly. "So I decided to sit this season out in order for me to be excited about the show -- as excited as I was when I did the first season."
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