Val Chmerkovskiy


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Valentin Aleksandrovich "Val" Chmerkovskiy (born March 24, 1986) is a Ukrainian-American professional dancer, best known for his appearances in the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Latin Dance Champion (Junior and Youth) and a 14-time U.S. National Latin Dance champion. On May 19, 2015, Chmerkovskiy and actress Rumer Willis won the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life and career

Chmerkovskiy was born in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, in what was then the Soviet Union. His parents are Aleksandr "Sasha" Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskaya. His older brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (born 1980), is also a professional dancer who appears on DWTS. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian.

The family moved to the United States in 1994. In 1996, Maksim and Sasha opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey, and Valentin was one of the students. In 2001, Valentin and partner Diana Olonetskaya, 15, became the first American dance team to win a world junior championship title.

Val went to college and majored in Business Management.

Dancing with the Stars

Valentin first appeared on season 2, February 10, 2006, as a student of his brother during Week 6. The students were: Valentin & Valeriya Kozharinova, Sergei Onik & Michelle Glazarov and Boris Leokumovich & Nicole Volynets. The couples performed two numbers.

Valentin then appeared once again on season 4 results show on May 8, 2007. He starred in a dance off against his brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Chmerkovskiy appeared on the season 10 results show on April 6, 2010. He did a country western themed routine with his brother Maksim, Edyta ?liwi?ska and Snejana Petrova.

He appeared on the season 11 results show on October 5, 2010, performing a music and dance duel against Mark Ballas. While performing to the song "Toxic" by Britney Spears, Val played the violin and danced with Lacey Schwimmer.

In season 13, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with model/actress Elisabetta Canalis. They were eliminated second, finishing in 11th place.

In season 14, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with comedian/talk show host Sherri Shepherd. On Rock Week (Week 4) of DWTS, they were the third couple to be eliminated, finishing in 10th place.

Chmerkovskiy danced as a professional partner in season 15 with season 1 winner, Kelly Monaco. They finished in third place on the season finale.

For season 16, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with Disney Channel's Shake It Up star, Zendaya. On May 21, Zendaya and Val came in second place behind Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler.

For season 17, he paired with film and television actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren. Despite receiving high scores, they were eliminated on week 9, finishing in sixth place.

For season 18, he paired with actress and author Danica McKellar. They were eliminated on Week 8 and ended in sixth place.

For season 19, he was paired with Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish. They made it to the finals and finished in third place.

For season 20, he was paired with actress and singer Rumer Willis. On May 19, 2015, Willis and Chmerkovskiy were crowned the winners marking Chmerkovskiy's first win.

For season 21, he was partnered with R&B singer and reality television star, Tamar Braxton. On November 11, 2015, Braxton revealed that she had to withdraw from the competition due to health issues.

For season 22, he was partnered with meteorologist Ginger Zee. The couple made it to the finals but ultimately ended in third place.

For season 23, he is partnered with Olympic artistic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Season Partner Place
13 Elisabetta Canalis 11th
14 Sherri Shepherd 10th
15 Kelly Monaco 3rd
16 Zendaya 2nd
17 Elizabeth Berkley Lauren 6th
18 Danica McKellar 6th
19 Janel Parrish 3rd
20 Rumer Willis 1st
21 Tamar Braxton 5th
22 Ginger Zee 3rd
23 Laurie Hernandez TBA
  • Coincidentally, Val has had exactly the same outcome in his first four seasons on Dancing with the Stars as his older brother Maksim had on his first four seasons on the show; eliminated before the finals on his first two seasons, third place on his third, and the runner-up on his fourth season.
  • Val shares a record originally set by Mark Ballas of having the most celebrity partners (three) to never individually score less than 8 from any judge. He is also the only professional to go three consecutive seasons without ever scoring less that an eight (16, 17, 18) with Zendaya, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Danica McKellar.
  • Val and his season 19 partner Janel Parrish hold the record for the earliest perfect score, receiving it during week 3 (matched by Bethany Mota & Derek Hough later in the same show).
  • Despite having 6 perfect scores with Laurie Hernandez- according to the judges' 40-point scale in season 23 (Week 4, 5, 8 & 10 dances and scores not included)infarct also with no 4th judge in those weeks the perfect scores are not included (they only have 2 perfect scores)

With celebrity partner Elisabetta Canalis (Average: 18.0)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Last Friday Night" 5 5 5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Don't Get Me Wrong" 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Sherri Shepherd (Average: 22.8)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sherry" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Proud Mary" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "If I Could" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Tango / "Come On Feel the Noise" 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Kelly Monaco (Average: 26.8)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Bang Bang" 7.0 7.0 7.5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Who Says" 7.5 7.0 7.5 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "Espaa ca" 9.0 9.0 9.0 Safe
4 Contemporary / "Fix You" 9.0 9.5/9.5 9.5 Safe
5 Samba / "Want U Back"
Team Freestyle (Gilles) / "Gangnam Style"
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.5
9.0
No Elimination
6 Tango / "Good Girl"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
9.0
No
9.0
Scores
9.0
Given
Safe
7 Foxtrot & Cha-cha-cha / "Don't Stop"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
9.0
Awarded
9.0
9
9.0
Points
No Elimination
8 Viennese Waltz / "I'll Be"
Jive (Trio Challenge) / "Animal"
9.5
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.5
9.5
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Flamenco / "Malaguea"
Rumba / "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
8.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
8.5
9.5
Last to be Called Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "Espaa ca"
Freestyle / "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Instant Jive / "Cat and Mouse"
9.5
10.0
9.5
10.0
9.5
9.5
10.0
10.0
9.5
Third Place

With celebrity partner Zendaya (Average: 27.3)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Feel Again" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "This Head I Hold" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Viennese Waltz / "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"
Awarded
8
2
8
Points
8
Safe
4 Samba / "Love On Top" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Discombobulate" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Do I Do"
Team Paso Doble / "Higher Ground"
10
7
9
8
10
7
Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Buster Voodoo"
Jive Dance Off / "Good Golly Miss Molly"
9
Awarded
9
3
9
Points
Safe
8 Foxtrot / "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) / "Dana Molengo"
9
10
10
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep / "Don't Give Up"
Hip-Hop / "Fine China"
8
10
8
10
9
10
Last to be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Yerbatero"
Cha-cha-cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Beauty and a Beat"
Instant Jive / "Rockin' Robin"
10
Awarded
10
10
10
5
10
10
10
Points
10
10
Runners-Up

With celebrity partner Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Average: 26.5)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Imagine" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Straight to Memphis" 8 9 8 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "Come Fly with Me" 8 9 8 Safe
4 Argentine Tango / "Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix" 9 9* 9 Safe
5 Jive / "I'm So Excited" 8 9 9 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Put Your Hands on Me"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
10
Awarded
10
2
10
Points
No Elimination
7 Quickstep / "Dance Apocalyptic"
Team Freestyle / "Bom Bom"
9
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
8 Jazz / "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
Cha-cha-cha Dance Off / "Woman's World"
8
Lost
9*
This
8
Event
Safe
9 Viennese Waltz / "Young and Beautiful"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) / "Pucko"
9
10
8
10
9
10
Eliminated
  • Week 4 Score was given by guest judge Julianne Hough.
  • Week 8 Score was given by guest judge Cher.


With celebrity partner Danica McKellar (Average: 26.3)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Walk Away" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Samba / "All Nite (Don't Stop)" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Contemporary / "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" 9 9/91 9 Safe
42 Jive / "Love Me Right!" 8 8/83 8 No Elimination
5 Quickstep / "Be Our Guest" 10 9/104 10 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) 9 95/9 9 Safe
7 Salsa / "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)"
Team Freestyle / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
8
10
96/8
106/9
8
10
Safe
8 Tango /"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Samba) /"I Luh Ya Papi"
10
8
9/97
9/87
10
9
Eliminated
1Additional score of Week 3 was given by Robin Roberts

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", Danica McKellar did not perform with Chmerkovskiy and instead performed with Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Chmerkovskiy performed Argentine Tango with Meryl Davis and received scores of 10/9/10/10

3Additional score of Week 4 was given by Julianne Hough

4Additional score of Week 5 was given by Donny Osmond

5Additional score of Week 6 was given by Redfoo

6Additional score of Week 7 was given by Ricky Martin

7Additional score of Week 8 was given by Abby Lee Miller


With celebrity partner Janel Parrish (Average: 36.5 )

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Bang Bang" 7 7 7 8 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "Call Me Maybe" 9 8 8 9 Safe
3 Jazz / "America" 10 101 10 10 Safe
4 Rumba / "How Will I Know" 9 92 9 9 Safe
53 Burlesque / "Mamma Knows Best" 8 84 8 9 No Elimination
6 Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" 8 75 9 9 Last to be called safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Secret"
Team Freestyle / "Black Widow"
8
9
7
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8 Contemporary / "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" 10 10 10 10 Safe (Immunity)
9 Quickstep / "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) /"Morning Drums"
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
Safe
10
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Blame
Argentine Tango / "Blame" (acoustic version)
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
Safe
11
finals
Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval"
Freestyle / "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Hideaway"
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
Third Place

1 Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.

2The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.

3This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Parrish performed with Artem Chigvintsev instead of Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy performed with Lea Thompson.

4 Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.

5Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.


With celebrity partner Rumer Willis (Average: 37.0)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church" 8 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Rumour Has It" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Salsa / "Turn The Beat Around" 8 9 8 8 Safe
4 Waltz / "Turning Tables" 9 8 9 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Poor Unfortunate Souls" 10 9 10 10 Safe
6 Jazz / "Bootylicious"
Team Freestyle / "Trouble"
8
10
8
9
7
10
9
10
Safe
7 Jive / "Dear Future Husband"
Foxtrot Dance-Off / "Orange Colored Sky"
8
Awarded
9
2
9
Extra
9
Points
Last to be called safe
8 Rumba / "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "Earned It"
Contemporary / "Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20"
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
-
Last to be called safe
10
Finals
Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church"
Freestyle / "Toxic"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Big Jet Plane"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Winner


With celebrity partner Tamar Braxton (Average: 25.4)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Quickstep / "Do Your Thing" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "We Are Family"
Charleston / "Living in New York City"
8
8
8
8
8
9
Safe
3 Tango / "A Beautiful Mine" 8 91/8 8 Safe
4 Rumba / "King" 9 9 9 Safe
52 Samba / "End of Time" 7 7/83 7 No Elimination
6 Jazz / "Rhythm Nation" 10 10/104 10 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "People are Strange"
Team Freestyle / "This Is Halloween"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Last to be called safe
8 Paso Doble / "Born This Way"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Fun"
9
No
9
Extra
10
Points
Safe
9 Contemporary5/ "Wicked Game"
Team-Up Dance (Rumba) / "Hey Jude"
8
9
7
9
7
9
Safe
10
Semifinals
N/A N/A N/A N/A Withdrew

1Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro

2This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Braxton performed with Louis van Amstel instead of Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy performed with Bindi Irwin.

3Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy

4Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

5Braxton and Chmerkovskiy's scores for this dance were based on dress rehearsal footage, due to Braxton being in the emergency room and not arriving at the show in time to perform it.


With celebrity partner Ginger Zee (Average: 26.3)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Jive / "Move (You're Steppin' on My Heart)" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Sorry" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Contemporary / "Home" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Belle" 9 9/91 9 Safe
52 Salsa / "La Malanga" 8 8/83 8 No Elimination
6 Jazz / "Nasty" 8 8 8 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "I Have Nothing"
Team Freestyle / "End of Time", "If I Were a Boy" & "Crazy in Love"
10
8
10
8
10
9
Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "Telephone"
Team-up Dance (Samba) / "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)"
10
10
10
93
10
10
Safe
9
Semifinals
Trio Paso Doble / "Shot Me Down"
Quickstep / "Fire Under My Feet"
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
10
Finals
Contemporary / "Adventure of a Lifetime"
Freestyle / "Orange Colored Sky"
Argentine Tango & Foxtrot Fusion / "Just Like Fire"
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
Third Place
1 Score given by guest judge Zendaya.
2 For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Zee performed with Mark Ballas instead of Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy performed with Jodie Sweetin.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
3 Due to Goodman being the judge coaching Zee's team during the team-up dance, the viewers scored the dance in his place with the averaged score being counted alongside the remaining judges.


With celebrity partner Laurie Hernandez (Average: TBA)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "American Girl" 8 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "DuckTales" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Tango / "Into the Sunset" 7 8 8 8 Safe (Immunity)
4 Jazz / "The Way You Make Me Feel" 10 "? 10 10 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Rise" 8 "? 9 8 No Elimination
6 Salsa / "Light It Up" 9 91 9 10 Safe
7 Quickstep / "One Fine Day"
Team Freestyle / "Embrace"
8
8
8
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "Pure Imagination"
Jive Dance-Off / "The Purple People Eater"
10
Awarded
"?
3
10
Extra
10
Points
Safe
9 Argentine Tango / "Cell Block Tango"
Team-Up Dance (Contemporary) / "Bird Set Free"
10
10
102
102
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Semifinals
Foxtrot / "Hollow"
Trio Samba / "Magalenha"
10
10
"?
"?
10
10
10
10
Safe
1Score given by guest judge Pitbull
2Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel


Personal life

Chmerkovskiy is a co-owner of six competitive dance studios under the brand "Dance With Me". Five are in the New York metropolitan area (Glen Rock and Fort Lee in New Jersey, Glen Head, Long Island, SoHo, Manhattan and Stamford, Connecticut) and one is in Sherman Oaks, California.

In 2016, Chmerkovskiy posted a meme of a girl drinking soda, which had previously gone viral in 2014, with the caption "Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse." The family of the girl in the picture, who has Down syndrome, then sued Chmerkovskiy seeking $6 million for defamation, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. Chmerkovskiy deleted the post.



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