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Maksim Chmerkovskiy: A woman won't win 'Dancing with the Stars'


By Christopher Rocchio, 03/25/2008 

Kelly Monaco was the first and so far only woman to ever capture Dancing with the Stars' mirror ball trophy -- and if you listen to professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a woman won't be winning the show again soon.

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"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.

"Jason [Taylor] is going to come out, open his top a little bit and do his thing and 'Ahhh...' there goes Kristi's chances," said Chmerkovskiy.

Chmerkovskiy first indicated he was leaving Dancing with the Stars following the fifth-season finale, in which he finished as the runner-up with Spice Girl Melanie Brown. After subsequently clarifying he was "not quitting the show,"  Chmerkovskiy's representative stated he would in fact not be competing but would be back for the next installment.

Despite not taking part in Dancing with the Stars' sixth season, Chmerkovskiy is still apparently watching and had some harsh criticism for the show's current crop of professionals.

"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."

(Photo credit ABC)


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