Some media regarding Maks vs Len-and even though I was already on Maks's side, I still think the judges don't get it. I wish he had hashed it out with CA again. Not as many people like her, and I would have loved to hear what Maks said in response if she said 'I've been in this business a long time'. The producers have to be loving this. It's the only watercooler worthy thing that's happened all season with a chemistry free and boring cast. Even controversial castings didn't deliver.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Len Goodman speaks out | Inside TV | EW.com
I think this brings up contradiction on the judges part, and why Maks's rant had more merit than his beef with CA over Brandy. For some, they criticized the performance of the night, week after week, whereas with others, they withhold scores because they have the potential to be better So I think Maks was right in calling them out and saying they don't deliver fairly to anyone. Saying it's their best/worst dance of the series (sometimes in week 3), doesn't help them get any better.Len Goodman on 'Dancing With the Stars' feud with Maks: 'You can't be a judge at your own trial' -- VIDEO
by Annie Barrett
Dancing With the Stars head judge Len Goodman has taken to Access Hollywood to address longtime professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s claim on Monday night that the celebrities on DWTS are judged on their “so-called potential” instead of the performance of the night.
“How often, in the heat of the moment, we say things where we think why did I say that? I think Maks is going through one of those period right now,” Goodman said.
“What they have to understand is: They’re on trial. We’re the judges,” Goodman clarified. “You can’t be the judge at your own trial.”
On Monday night, after Len called Hope Solo’s rumba her worst dance of the season, he said Maks was to blame for half of that and reminded the pro that he’s been in this business for 50 years. “Maybe it’s time to get out,” Maks shot back.
'Dancing With the Stars'' Maksim Chmerkovskiy Gets Fan Support After Telling Off Judge - Hollywood Reporter
In terms of Maks saying it's "his show", I don't think he meant it literally. I believe he meant he was here when it started, along with most of the pros who've been around since the early seasons, they've become as much of the show as the celebs and judges, and people expect certain things from them. At least that's my take on it.
Backstage at DWTS: Maks Defends Harsh Words to Len, Saying, "I Have Had Enough!" - E! Online
I liked this comment from Maks. Goes along with what the judges have said in the past about it being a TV show, so no one should be offended by what they say. They can't judge, and I'm glad they get taken down a few pegs (if not by the pros/celebs, then by the booing audience-annoying as they are the minute they hear something negative, I like CA not being able to take it).‘I have had enough!' You have an opinion. I also have an opinion...The judges will say, 'Hey, this is show business, this is supposed to be fun.' Well, I had fun tonight."
And from the same above article what some other couples had to say:
So did Maks cross the line, or was he within his rights? We learned backstage his co-stars are split:
"He did go a little too far with it, but it is what it is."—J.R. Martinez
"We danced right after Maks so I just wanted to make sure that the judges made sure that we didn't concur with Maks' opinion...He needs a hug."—Karina Smirnoff
"He spoke his opinion and he should be allowed to do it."—Lacey Schwimmer
"I'm usually harder on myself than the judges."—David Arquette
"Sometimes you do take things personally…I did that one time with Shannon Elizabeth. I went off. And I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I can't ever do that again!' I felt like the judges have been incredibly generous this season so I was surprised."—Derek Hough