It took Maksim Chmerkovskiy fourteen seasons to win the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars, but now that he’s finally won the big prize, will he be back for the next season?
The showrunner Rob Wade seemed uncertain about Maksim’s return, telling the press at the TCA Summer conference, “I’m absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show. I don’t know whether it’s going to be as a dancer. I think there’s a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he’d be involved with the show. Maks will always be part of Dancing With the Stars in some way.”
Basically, they’re saying that it’s unlikely that he comes back as a performer or a pro, but he might return as a choreographer or judge. Honestly, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Maksim attempt to launch a movie career now, especially after becoming such a fan favorite. He’s also become a staple in the tabloid world thanks to his relationships with Kate Upton and Jennifer Lopez, and a LOT of people know who he is – even people who don’t watch Dancing with the Stars.
However, even if Maksim goes off to make some shitty Hollywood sequel, Dancing with the Stars will see the return of co-hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron. Despite rumors of Erin’s diva behavior getting her fired from the show, Wade confirmed that both of them would be returning to their jobs. However, with Erin’s additional gig as Fox’s NFL sideline reporter, it’s likely that her role on DWTS will be brought down to a minimum.
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