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Dancing With The Stars: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Is Kirstie Alley’s Biggest Fan

May 22, 2011 04:00 PM by Allyson Wells

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley are preparing for the finals on Dancing with the Stars.  The duo have been one of the most popular pairs this season. Having overcome many mishaps, Maks speaks out on the season and how he feels about Kirstie and why this has been his toughest season yet.

Maks recently blogged about Kirstie for TV Guide.  He revealed how proud he is of Kirstie.  “I’ve had my share of my partners. I’m so proud of Kirstie. She’s the least likely candidate to survive, so to speak, and she has! She’s not just surviving. She’s also showing improvement, resilience, determination. And she’s really coming out of her shell. We’re not just doing some filler stuff. She’s dancing tough, tough routines.  It’s been the hardest season I’ve ever done.  I think Kirstie is undergoing a life transformation. I’m really excited because that’s what the show’s all about. It has to be judged by dancing and I don’t want to be that guy who has Kirstie Alley and wants to depend on the vote. I don’t rely on it. I work out every day. I make her work for those votes. I make sure that she doesn’t get the pity vote. She doesn’t want the pity vote either. They love how far she’s come. I’m extremely proud of her accomplishments. I’m her biggest fan.”

Maks also addressed Kym Johnson’s fall with Hines Ward and revealed that he was nearby when it happened.  “I thought everyone did great last night, especially Hines and Kym. You never want to see anyone have an injury. To see Hines fall on her completely — thank God that she’s limber enough to have gotten away with just a neck sprain and a little tension in her muscles. It could’ve potentially really bad. It looked really bad. It’s not something you want to see. We were across the hall when it happened. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t doing anything stupid afterward. Cheryl was great enough to come in to rehearse with Hines for a couple of days while Kym was recovering. I’m a little upset they didn’t show that. We have each other’s backs. I’m happy that everything is OK. They went out and they did their thing.”

As for himself, Maks explained why he it seems like he is so hard on Kirstie in rehearsals.  “Kirstie’s been a trooper. It’s been very difficult for her. This experience has been something she’s probably never going to forget. It’s definitely one of the hardest things she’s ever done, one of the most physically demanding things she’s ever done. She didn’t get a teacher who would back off if she were tired. I was pushing. Everybody walks out all the time, so what they showed in the package wasn’t any different from anyone else’s rehearsals. If anybody was a fly on the wall in our rehearsal studio, it’s like, “Oh, OK.” There’s always someone crying, someone taking a break in the hall. Call me mean, call me whatever you want to call me, but I try to get things done. My job is not to take it easy. My job is to come out with a finished product from my partner that’s worthy of accolades. I’m trying to give her a chance to prove herself.”

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