Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and head judge Len Goodman have mended fences — with a kiss — after an uncomfortable exchange two weeks ago.
On the show’s October 24 broadcast, Chmerkovskiy, 31, told the 67-year-old judge, “Maybe it’s time to get out” of the ballroom business after a harsh critique of his partner, soccer stunner Hope Solo. Chmerkovskiy held his ground on a subsequent interview with Good Morning America, refusing to apologize to Goodman.
“It was everything a jive should be! It was brilliant!” Goodman said, prompting Chmerkovskiy to walk up to the panel and give him a smooch on the cheek. He and Solo scored a solid 52 overall points on the evening.
“Thank you Len!” Chmerkovskiy said during the post-dance Q&A.
Monday night’s other scores were: J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff scoring a perfect 60/60; Ricki Lake and Derek Hough getting 52 out of 60; Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke getting 51/60; and Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus getting the night’s lowest score with 44 out of 60.
Dancing with the Stars returns Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.