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Five reasons why Maksim Chermkovskiy should stay on 'Dancing with the Stars'

It’s crossed the minds of every Dancing with the Stars fan, especially over the last two seasons: Is it time for Maksim Chermkovskiy to go?

He certainly didn’t endear himself to the judges last season when he made arrogant quips to Len Goodman about how the elder statesman should leave the ballroom — all while claiming that “this is my show, you know.” Even some fans turned on the hot-headed Ukrainian-American when he was filmed striking partner Hope Solo during a rehearsal. An exasperated Solo responded by saying, “would you stop being you?”

Chermkovskiy has also hinted in seasons past that maybe the time has come to search for greener pastures (or better partners), which has fueled speculation that maybe his days on the show are numbered. So what will happen come March 19? As is usually the case, the DWTS producers won’t reveal which pros will return for the 14th (!!) season until they announce the latest round of celebrities. (That happens Feb. 28 on Good Morning America.).  Since we can’t wait until then, we’ve decided to give five reasons why we’d like to see Maks stay for as long as the show lasts. And the reasons are…

1. Because he’s (almost) an original member of the show. Viewers love continuity, and they get that from Chermkovskiy, who joined DWTS in season two as the pro assigned to Tia Carrere. They came in sixth place (but his long hair deserved a special prize of its own).

Louis Van Amstel talks about his 'Dancing With the Stars' future and new line of workout DVDs

EW caught up with Dancing With the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who’s on tour to promote his lifestyle brand (and just-released 5-disc workout DVD set) called LaBlast Fitness. Louis (pictured with Kelly Osbourne during season 9) didn’t compete on ABC’s dance hit last fall, but don’t worry — he’s on contract for five more years. “I’m liking the balance of having one season on, one season off,” he said. “But I’m ready to be back on. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars' reunion for GSN! -- PHOTO

To help promote Game Show Network’s acquisition of Dancing with the Stars reruns, the cabler recruited some past runner-ups (we’ll say it again, Mel B, you wuz robbed) to pose for a pic with this year’s victor, J.R. Martinez.

Naturally, pros like Maksim Chmerkovskiy were asked to join in on the fun, too — but hey, it’s his show, right? Also in attendance: Derek Hough and Lacey Schwimmer, along with stars Ralph Macchio, Mel B, Rick Fox, Gilles Marini, Audrina Patridge and Chaz Bono.

You can begin catching reruns of DWTS on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET. First up: Season 4, the year of Apolo Ohno. (GSN bought repeats through season 14).

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'Dancing with the Stars' winner: 'I just want to take a moment and breathe'

What sore ankle?

What challenging lift?

The fears of J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff on Monday seemed so insignificant on Tuesday, after the couple became the latest winners of the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy.

“I just want to take a moment and breathe, take it in,” the actor and former U.S. Army soldier told reporters after the two-hour finale. “The fact that we were able to top it off with this … we created a lot of magical moments together on this show that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives. And my friend won her first mirror ball trophy! Everyone knows she is a beautiful dancer, but I’m able to vouch that she’s also a beautiful person. I’m glad I was able to see that and America was able to see that as well.”

Continued Smirnoff, “the journey is ending and I don’t want it to end because I don’t want to stop seeing him every single day in his Latin heels. That was the best part of the journey.”

“The heels?” Martinez asked.

“You! You!” she replied, laughing.

After Monday’s final performance show, it seemed like Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke would triumph in the end. The couple went into the season finale at the top of the leaderboard with 57 points, while Martinez and Ricki Lake trailed in second place with 54. But even Kardashian, who finished in second place ahead of Lake, seemed satisfied with the outcome.

“I could not have asked for a better ending,” Kardashian told reporters. “We ended with a perfect score [on Monday] and I had an awesome experience with Cheryl, I literally shocked myself week after week and still, even tonight, we improved. I am super happy with the whole outcome of everything. I shocked myself that I was in the final two.”

While reveling in his win, Martinez made sure to give a shout-out to his mother Maria for helping him to make it to the winner’s circle. She was in the ballroom on Tuesday, though she might have been hard for a lot of people to see — her son included.  “I had everyone coming up to me and congratulating me, and I felt someone pulling on my suspenders, and it was my mom who is 4 foot 11. Poor thing she’s way down there! I just kissed her and said can you imagine that eight and half years ago you were one of those people teaching me how to walk. And now for me to come out in front of millions of people and dance? As much as this is an accomplishment for myself and for Karina, it is accomplishment for my mother, as well. READ FULL STORY

J.R. Martinez on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'The lift was a scary thing'

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff knew they had to go for broke in their freestyle dance Monday, so they planned a salsa-inspired freestyle with lots of flashy tricks — namely, one that required the soap star to jump over his petite partner and straddle her neck. Ouch!

And yet, even after Smirnoff was seen looking stressed and spent in those rehearsal clips, the pair performed the manuever perfectly on Dancing with the Stars — enough to earn them a 30. READ FULL STORY

Rob Kardashian on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'I definitely wasn't a dancer... until doing this show'

Rob Kardashian finally got a chance to experience what perfection is supposed to feel like on Dancing with the Stars: On Monday, he and partner Cheryl Burke earned their first 30 this season with a freestyle dance. Even sister Kim was on hand to witness her brother’s personal triumph.

“I can’t believe it still. I cannot!” he told reporters after the show. “I did not expect to get a perfect score tonight at all, especially with the freestyle, which is the most important dance. So, super happy, shocked, and just excited, really on a good cloud right now.” READ FULL STORY

Ricki Lake on 'Dancing with the Stars' finale: I don't want to let Derek down!

If Derek Hough’s fans rally, the young pro could earn a record-breaking fourth mirror ball from Dancing with the Stars. After all, he’s never lost the championship when he made it to the top 3 — a stat that isn’t lost on his current partner Ricki Lake.

“Oh God I don’t want to be the one that lets him down,” Lake told reporters after Monday’s show. “But truthfully, I have done everything I came here to do. I’ve gotten my body into better shape than probably ever in my life. I feel like I’ve learned these beautiful dances to the best of my ability. I did a mean freestyle tonight, so I have nothing to be sorry about or unhappy about. Those guys, if one of them wins, then they were the ones that deserve it. I am so happy for all of us.” READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars': Is Maks feuding with Carrie Ann now?

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Seems like that tension between the judges and Maksim Chmerkovskiy hasn’t entirely fizzled on Dancing with the Stars. During Monday’s performance episode of the ABC show, Carrie Ann Inaba was explaining how the couple’s Argentine tango lacked fluidity when she singled out a suspicious look on Chmerkovskiy’s face. “You can smile like that Maks, it’s okay,” she quipped sarcastically.

A confused Chmerkovksiy replied by saying, “it’s nothing to do with me.”

Afterwards, Hope Solo tried to offer an explanation to Brooke Burke in the celebratorium. “Maks is smiling because we should be smiling! So Carrie Ann, thank you. Maks is smiling. This is my partner. Finally, we’re happy!”

Huh? What the heck was that all about, Maks? READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars' eliminated contestant: 'I prepare for the worst'

Sad? Naturally! But the latest dancer to leave the ballroom of Dancing with the Stars wasn’t going to whine about missed opportunities or the chance to make it to the finals.

She was too busy praising her partner, who only became a pro this season. READ FULL STORY

Nancy Grace on Conrad Murray: 'He and Casey Anthony can have a tea party in four years'

Nancy Grace may have donned her ballroom best on Monday but she was eager to shed the sequins after the show to address the day’s big news: The conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor for involuntary manslaughter.

Unfortunately, the HLN anchor couldn’t return to her day job and comment on the case outside of the Los Angeles courtroom Monday; she had a tango and an instant jive to perform that night, after all. (Her routines earned a 24 and a 20, the lowest scores of the night.) But Grace still had some thoughts to share about Dr. Conrad Murray after the show. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars': Hope and Maks 'hit the reset button'

Is the Cold War finally over?

On Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, Hope Solo told Brooke Burke that she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy “hit the reset button” to become a “new and improved team.” What did that involve, exactly? Well, there was an apology from the pro for “being totally rough” last week, followed by a trip home to meet the parents who revealed that the Ukrainian-American hunk was a mama’s boy who used to cry a lot. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars' eliminated contestant: 'People got to know me'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, you got served!

No, the hot-headed Ukrainian American wasn’t booted off Dancing with the Stars after generating headlines for his row with Judge Len Goodman and his behavior toward his partner. But he was royally teased on national TV Tuesday by the latest contestant to leave the show – and boy did the moment generate a lot of laughs. READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' ratings drop on Halloween night

Fox’s Terra Nova ratings got spooked on Halloween night, falling more than any other broadcast show after spending a week off the air due to baseball coverage.

Terra Nova returned to 6.4 million viewers and a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent compared to its last original airing. (Bummer — some say it was the show’s best episode, recap here.) Given that Terra Nova airs at 8 p.m. and is targeted toward families, it was probably the most likely series to take a punch.

And Terra Nova wasn’t the only show to take a holiday night hit in the ratings — pretty much every series was down, except… READ FULL STORY

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