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Maksim Chmerkovskiy turned down The Bachelor in the U.S., but has assumed the leading role in the version of the hit show in his native Ukraine.

The Dancing With the Stars hunk is the star of the inaugural edition of the romance reality series beginning March 17 on the Ukraine's STB network.

Why did he turn it down here - as did Chris Lambton, which ultimately gave us Brad Womack for a second time - but agree to it in Eastern Europe?

"There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine," he wrote on his blog. "That makes me think that a first season would be the most 'real.'"

"I thought about everything VERY long. I know it's hard to find somebody you can connect to on a TV project like this, but nothing is impossible."

"I can't reveal anything, but I am very pleasantly surprised so far."

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Look out, Brad Womack. You've got major competition in the bachelor department.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has confirmed that he's starring in the Ukrainian version of the ABC reality show. On his website, the professional dancer - who has been linked in the past to Dancing with the Stars contestants and fellow pros - says he turned down the American Bachelor and writes:

"This is the first thing in a VERY LONG TIME that I'm doing for ME. For the first time I don't really care what people think. First time that I'm not being 'judged', 'placed' or 'criticized.'"

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Filing has wrapped on Maksim's season. While we wait to see if he found love, though, we need to know: From which of these studs would you rather take it?

 

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WTF. There's no other intro we can muster right now.

It's not anything new that Dancing With the Stars is more about popular support than technical merit, especially with mediocre, middle of the pack performers. But at some point, you'd assume the better dancers would be rewarded.

You'd assume wrong, apparently. Bristol Palin will be joining Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey in next week's finals, with a deserving Brandy on the sidelines.

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Somehow, Brandy and Maks will be watching, not dancing in the finals.

No sooner had we talked about how Palin's run personally irked Maksim Chmerkovskiy than he and Brandy got the boot Tuesday, despite great dancing Monday.

A record-high number of votes made it happen, too.

"One thing that I love, for my family, the choice they made to come to this country," said Ukrainian-born Maks, taking the high road, "the fact that people vote and voices count. I love that this show represents that, the people's choice."

"I don't regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on this season. It's been an amazing journey."

Uhhnh, did Maks just pseudo-quit Dancing With the Stars?

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be surly, blunt, critical and not politically correct, but it's just because he's a serious competitor who wants to win. Period.

Despite being demonstrably outclassed by the field week in and week out, Bristol Palin is still waltzing and spinning. Which has Maks' head spinning.

The fact that Bristol the Pistol is even in the top four on Dancing With the Stars has reportedly rankled Chmerkovskiy, who's partnered with Brandy.

Bristol Palin's surprisingly long stint on Dancing With the Stars has captivated millions. Do not court Maksim Chmerkovskiy among those millions.

“Maksim is very emotional and takes this show very seriously, if you haven’t already seen. He really wants to win,” a source says of the Ukrainian pro.

“He works extremely hard and finds it depressing when people he thinks aren’t worthy of their current position get further then they possibly should.”

He and Brandy are both so competitive and hungry, tensions often rise between them - and they're allies. Imagine how he feels about Bristol Palin.

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Joni Kilmurry is reportedly dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy, making her the envy of millions of female Dancing With the Stars fans everywhere.

Maksim has been heating up the floor with Brandy this season, but away from the ballroom, things are sizzling for him too, thanks to Joni.

He stepped out with the new lady in his life at the FIJI Water Presents NIKKI & RICH event at the Puma Social Club in Los Angeles Oct. 27.

Joni Kilmurry: Model. Stylist. Girlfriend of Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

According to Joni Kilmurry's MySpace page, she's 28 and states that she has worked internationally in the fashion industry for more than 10 years.

Maksim was once engaged to fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, and was linked romantically to Erin Andrews last season as well.

Here's hoping he and Joni are and continue to be happy together!

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Total hunk alert!

A pair of talented dancers walked the red carpet of last night's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, as Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Zac Efron both posed without their significant others.

For Maks, Erin Andrews was busy battling Lindsey Vonn in her own Fashion Face-Off; while Vanessa Hudgens simply didn't accompany Zac to the event.

But that just gave Efron more time to prepare for this match-up against the smooth Dancing with the Stars professional, a man who makes his living competing with other attractive people on a global stage.

Will that experience carry Chmerkovskiy to victory? Or will Efron's boyish charm be too hard to resist? You tell us!

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Who looked hotter at the ESPY Awards?

 

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When Jersey Shore's Snooki and The Situation do battle with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in a fashion face-off ... there is no way to complete that sentence.

We're pretty sure this is unprecedented in human history. What can we say, we're trailblazers here at THG, with a considerable nod to last night's CMT Awards.

Mya Fashion Choice

All of the above scored invites to the country music event, as you probably guessed by now, and showcased their drastically different styles on the red carpet.

Proving just how country Jersey can be, the sparkling Nicole Polizzi amps up her bump while The Situation (Mike Sorrentino) covered up his abs – for once.

Meanwhile, ESPN reporter Erin Andrews rocked a skin-tight mini with her handsome date, former Dancing with the Stars partner and possible boyfriend.

Which tandem looked better? Vote below!

Who looked better at the CMT Awards?

 

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Might Erin Andrews pull off an incredible Dancing with the Stars upset?

In our finals preview yesterday, we listed her as a long shot against favorite Nicole Scherzinger and dark horse Evan Lysacek, each of whom are more skilled.

Somebody either forgot to tell Erin she was the underdog heading into last night's final performances, or did tell her and provided her bulletin board material.

Erin Andrews tied Nicole with an aggregate 55, meaning it really will come down to every last vote. Can she muster enough support to win the Mirror Ball?

Teaming with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on a Samba to kick off the night, Erin scored a 29. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya got a 28 on the Viennese Waltz.

Nicole and Derek Hough's Rumba netted a 28. In the freestyle round, Nicole made up one point on Erin, tying for the overall lead. Evan faltered somewhat.

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Erin Andrews mauls Maksim Chmerkovskiy in bed. Art imitating life?

If Scherzinger still has a slight edge, it's because she and Derek went for the toughest moves, almost resulting in Nicole falling off his shoulders at one point.

Erin and Maks, meanwhile, chose to do a lyrical freestyle, which seemed So You Think You Can Dance-esque with props and unadulterated sexual chemistry.

So can Erin actually pull off the upset on tonight's results show - when Kate Gosselin returns, Vienna Girardi debuts and the season winner is unveiled at last?

She earned consideration at the very least. Nicole will likely get the title and it will be well-earned, but she won't run away with it. Last night's full scorecard:

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba: 29. Freestyle: 26. Total: 55.
  • Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Rumba: 28. Freestyle: 27. Total: 55.
  • Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz: 28. Freestyle: 24. Total: 52.

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Who do you want to win Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Dancing with the Stars names its 10th champions tomorrow. Who will win it? Only three tandems are left vying for the Mirror Ball when they take the floor tonight.

It's now or never for Erin, Maks, Nicole, Derek, Evan and Anna. There are no cumulative scores, so any faltering tonight could be devastating, even to the favorite.

Below, we break down the dancers left standing on the final night of competition, their strengths and weaknesses, and their odds of bringing home the glory ...

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Why they'll win: Sex appeal. Chemistry. Being a hoot to watch. Unquestionably the most attractive and fun pair all season long, Erin and Maks have earned their place in the finals with performances that are technically rigorous as well.
Why they won't: This isn't to suggest the judges have it in for Erin, but they sort of do. Off-the-charts heat doesn't translate to higher scores - rarely they matched Nicole or Evan's totals. If they did tonight, it would be a surprise. A hot surprise.
Odds: 20-1

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Can either Erin or Evan pull a huge upset in this week's finals?

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Why they'll win: Evan and Anna served notice with last week's dances that this far from over. Nicole may be the favorite, but Evan has as many perfect 30s (two) as she does, and if they end up all square at the end of tonight, he may have a shot.
Why they won't: Nicole is still better ... which is a little unfair, given that she dances for a living, but such is life. Evan needs to be nearly flawless and get some help.
Odds: 5-1

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Why they'll win: Woman's got skills. Those new Pussycat Dolls have big shoes to fill. Popular and proficient, Nicole has the whole package and should get it done. And partnering with Derek Hough should help with the female audience, as well.
Why they won't: Her fan base could assume she has it wrapped up and not vote. It's all about turnout as much as talent. Or she has a rare off night, which we doubt.
Odds: 3-2

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Make no mistake, this title is Nicole's to lose.

Who do you want to win Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Erin Andrews‘s waltz on Monday's Dancing with the Stars was one of her best efforts to date, according to the judges and voters. Just not Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

The View host criticized Erin - who has endured two separate stalking incidents in the past year - for "dressing inappropriately" on the ABC reality competition.

“In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] - and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and peep on her in her hotel,” Hasselbeck said.

“I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this - a little bit less - without the prison time!’”

That's a bad joke at best, and a very rude insult at worst.

In March, Michael David Barrett was sentenced to federal prison for filming Erin Andrews nude through a hotel peephole and posting a video of her online.

In April, after her Dancing with the Stars debut, Andrews received death threats. Elisabeth apparently thinks she should lock herself at home as a result?

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Erin called these remarks “a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators. As a mother and a woman, I’m disappointed she went there.”

Don't even get Maksim Chmerkovskiy started, either. The Dancing With the Stars pro, who's partnered with Erin this season, was far from thrilled.

Chmerkovskiy quickly fired back: "I'm the one designing [Andrews'] dresses for the show, so I'll just assume that [Hasselbeck] is jealous... and stupid."

Pro Louis Van Amstel also defended Andrews, Twittering to Hasselbeck: "Why did u have to throw @erinandrewsespn under the bus this morning?"

"Shame on [you] ... Leave her alone. Aren't u all working for the same network ABC/ESPN???? U should have each other's back, not trashtalk Erin."

Fellow contestant Evan Lysacek also chimed in on the topic: "So disappointed that anyone would attack [her] after all she's been through."

Andrews told Access Hollywood she "cried" after hearing the remarks: "People can have opinions about the show, but my biggest complaint is she's a woman and a mother and it was a mockery of something serious I've lived through."

A little silly to single out Erin on a show where all the stars - men and women - dress and dance suggestively, don't you think? Whose side are you on?

 

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