Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Carrie Ann Inaba clashed in an ‘uncomfortable-yet-must-see’ moment from Monday’s Dancing With The Stars, after Inaba repeatedly nitpicked his dances with partner Brandy.
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While Chmerkovskiy and Brandy tied Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough for the highest overall score of the night, Inaba remained unimpressed with the efforts – critiquing Chmerkovskiy’s choreography, Brandy’s posture and the pair’s timing in executing their dances.
Inaba’s barbs toward Brandy and Chmerkovskiy boiled over at the end of the pair’s cha-cha-cha, when Inaba’s rumblings were answered by Chmerkovskiy snidley telling Inaba, “Don’t worry about it. ”
After Inaba told them the dance’s shortcoming “has a lot to do with the choreography,” Chmerkovskiy said, “It’s all me, I’ll take the blame.”
Inaba said “Good – I’m glad you do,” flashing him a smile that seemed to underscore the underlying tension between the two.
We’ll see if the tension remains when Dancing With The Stars returns Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.