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Julianne Hough Accuses Maksim Chmerkovskiy Of “Phoning In” His Performance With Danica McKellar

April 08, 2014 12:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

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Dancing With The Star’s Facebook fans may have been ecstatic about switch-up week, but the pros and the contestants were definitely not happy about giving up their beloved partners. A few appear to have made less of an effort than usual; according to Julianne Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy was most guilty of this egregious crime!

As far as Dancing With The Stars partners go, Danica McKellar’s not a bad prospect. Val Chermkovskiy has certainly realized this, as Danica has continually proven a favorite with both the judges and the fans. That being said, she’s no Meryl Davis! Although Danica’s capable of tackling surprisingly difficult choreography, she simply does not have the experience necessary to pull off many of the amazing stunts Meryl has performed with her usual partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Despite his reluctance to be torn away from Meryl, Maks still seemed eager to spend the week training with his brother’s usual partner. But his choreography for this week’s jive didn’t seem quite up to scratch, with Len Goodman accusing the duo of spending too much time “goofing off.” Julianne Hough, this week’s guest judge, agreed with Len. In fact, she took the criticism a step further, explaining, “I felt like it was a little bit like this week could get past so that you could be back with Meryl, and you just had to phone it in so you could get back with Meryl.”

In Maks and Danica’s defense, the couple was forced to deal with a glitch in the music. Maks later took to Twitter to congratulate Danica on a job well done. “Man oh man!!! @danicamckellar shined brighter than the brightest star tonight! No one noticed she danced without the track!!!”

Do you think Julianne Hough’s criticism was too harsh? Or should Maksim Chmerkovskiy put a little more effort into his switch-up choreography? Sound off in the comments section below!

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One Response to “Julianne Hough Accuses Maksim Chmerkovskiy Of “Phoning In” His Performance With Danica McKellar”

  1. Rhonda Kranick Says:
    April 9th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I do not think Maks was in the wrong, as a matter of fact he did everything he could to make his brother’s partner look good. Not his fault Len and Julianne have their favorite pros@! I love Maks/Val……

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