Maks can't win no matter what he does or how he acts. If he's outspoken, he's a sore loser. If he says nothing, he's a poor sport. The judges, especially CA, hasn't really done anything to earn respect. And he isn't the only one who may be bitter because they aren't getting the scores they think they deserve. Bristol/Mark were the worst offenders there (not to mention Mark when he was partnered with Chelsea). I don't think at it as Maks's poisoning his partners against the judges, more like the judges have a beef with him and won't give his partner a fair shake. Last week, they give constructive criticism to other celebs, but with Melissa, they have to totally knock her performance. Whether she deserved it or not, they aren't consistant. However, it's a script, and Melissa isn't the chosen one they want to win or keep going in the competition. She probably will be gone this week during the double elimination.
I have to disagree about Melissa/Maks's chemistry and whether she's having fun. If anything is draining her fun, I'd blame it on the judges. She can't win with them and she knows it and I don't blame her for going lifeless and looking terrified on the floor. Even at her best, they're bound to find something wrong. Even if it's a lift. They seem to have a lot of fun behind the scenes. It is just a fun TV show, but if anything ruins it for the celebs, it's the judges and producers who take it seriously when they want to, and try and pretend it's a dance competition when they want to. The best dancers often bore me week after week, especially when the judges gush as though they were amazed and didn't expect them to pull that off. Melissa/Donald/Maria would be my ideal final 3, but I think it'll be either Donald/Maria and then William and Katherine, and one of them winning.