Mad Maks is coming back!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy — the most colorful of all DANCING WITH THE STARS pros — will return to the ballroom on Monday night for the first time as a guest judge.
The official announcement was made today by ABC:
Not a stranger to expressing his strong opinion, Maksim is sure to unleash his unique brand of critique during the intense semi-final competition.
The night will begin with a spectacular opening number by Emmy® Nominated choreographer Mandy Moore, featuring the pro dancers.
The couples then must rise to a new challenge and perform to two different versions of the same song.
In the first round of competition, the couples will perform either a Jazz, Paso Doble, Cha Cha or Tango routine to an original or “plugged” version of their selected song. In round two of competition, the couples will perform either a Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango or Rumba routine to an acoustic or “unplugged” version of that same song.
Special musical guests will accompany the unplugged performances including singer Kerli, who will perform a version of Fall Out Boy’s “My Song Knows (Light em up),” and YouTube sensation Noah Guthrie who will perform his popular cover of “Sexy & I Know It.”
At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
Maks spent 14 seasons on the show and was runner up twice before deciding it was time to move on back in February.
In 2011 he famously declared that DWTS was “my show” and told judge Len Goodman that he should retire.
Maks, 33, is currently operating a chain of dance studios and pursuing a career in acting.
Maks returns to the show just one week after his brother Val and partner Elizabeth Berkley were shockingly eliminated.
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