Maksim Chmerkovskiy came to Dancing with the Stars in its sophomore season, and definitely added his own seasoning to the dance competition. Fans love the Ukrainian's fiery temper tantrums, no matter how much trouble he creates for the judges, and they don't mind those moments of shirtless sizzling under the ballroom lights, either. Maks has come to the decision to make the end of 2013 his final season, and this time, his parting words were completely pleasant.
Embellishing his statement in kindness, the dancing champion posted his plans on Twitter, saying he is leaving "with nothing but love, kindness, and respect to all that played a part in that amazing aspect of my life." Apparently, he even extends that olive branch to Hope Solo, who ragged on Maks for manhandling her and being mean to Ms. Soccer USA in her memoir. Relating that neither the audience nor the producers should "expect me to stick around," the handsome choreography creator already has a movie role landed, with shooting set to start in January. He and brother, Val, still own four dance studios in New York, with DWTS alum, Tony them Dovolani. The star struck more magnanimous tomes in a New York Post comment, saying "I wish them the next 50 years of success," but relating that the decision was one of making the most of his own moment instead of making another star "more likable." He also admitted to catching the acting bug from talks with casting directors.
Maks is pledging not to do the "Maks thing" of verbal flaming arrows or F-bombs, and showed his kinder, fun-loving side. "I am a lot of fun to watch, even without the constant drama," he insists. Most of Maks' past partners have had glowing praise for his dancing prowess, including Melissa Gilbert his Season 5 partner, Melanie Brown, and his dearest dancer near to his heart, Kirstie Alley, who will dance with him on the All-Star Season, premiering Monday, September 24. He nearly got that mirror ball with both of those last contenders. The third time has to be his charm to take it home! Only the mirror ball would make a fitting farewell gift for Maksim Chmerkovskiy.