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Dancing With The Stars: Maksim Fills In For Derek Hough

October 19, 2009 11:00 AM by Britteny Elrick

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Although Maksim Chmerkovskiy has been eliminated from Dancing With The Stars, he has managed to sneak his way back in!  Temporarily, that is.  Maksim has returned to help Derek Hough’s partner, Joanna Krupa, with her rehearsals after Derek left the competition due to illness.  Keep reading to find out what happened…

It all started last Thursday when Derek gave this update on his Twitter account: “I think I’m getting the [flu], serious sweats . . . My whole body is aching like crazy I can barely stand up . . . And I’m coughing like crazy.”  Later that night, he updated again after a lengthy doctor visit: “Had a temperature of 104 . . . Had an IV in my arm for 2 hrs . . . Maks is steppin up for me helpin Jo . . ”

Despite the fact that Maks is now coaching her, it has not yet been revealed who will be dancing with Joanna during tonight’s performance. Maks has made it very clear that he was glad to be off the show so he would no longer have to see his ex-fiance, Karina Smirnoff. Hopefully, there won’t be any uncomfortable moments between Maks, Karina, and rumored crush Aaron Carter.

“We have the opportunity now to focus on the dancing without the drama,” Maks told Usmagazine.com. “I need to get the pieces back together.”  I guess we’ll have to watch and see what happens!

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