Maksim Chmerkovskiy is officially done with dancing! During his appearance on The View on July 29, the dancer announced he will no longer perform on ABC’s hit dancing competition, Dancing With the Stars!
“I’m done dancing,” he said on the daytime talk show. “I feel like it’s time.” Maks continued, explaining his decision, “When I came back to the show, it was not the same—I was different, probably. (He first left in February 2013 after season 16.) “When I came back, I saw this amazing talent…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot.”
This year, he returned for season 18, and took home the Mirrorball trophy for the first time with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis.After his win, Maks first hinted that he was ready to leave the competition behind for good during an interview with Social Life magazine. “I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with,” he said in June. “The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for.” The dancer apparently discussed plans to start a family, too. “I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own,” he told the mag. “I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to.
Maks first appeared on DWTS in its second season, dancing with some top stars like boxer Laila Ali, the Spice Girls’ Mel B., and singer Brandy. I don’t blame him for wanting to move on to something new. He has his Mirrorball now. It’s time to move on to the next adventure!
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