Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy Won't Be on Dancing with the Stars

Where’s Maks?

The Dancing with the Stars season 16 contestants and their pro partners were announced at a live event Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. And when the dust settled, fans may have been left wondering why Maksim Chmerkovskiy wasn’t among the pairs.

The outspoken pro, who has competed in 13 of the past 15 season but never won, released a statement about sitting out the current competition, which begins March 18.

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Having to recreate an iconic dance from past seasons of Dancing with the Stars proved difficult – but fun – for the All-Stars on Monday.

With creative direction left to the nonprofessionals, the third week of competition had many highs and a few lows for the contestants.

Helio Castroneves: Being in Dancing's Bottom Two Was 'Very Shocking'

The last Dancing with the Stars elimination episode had Helio Castroneves stumped.

With Kym Johnson and Joey Fatone being the ones who got the boot in the end, the auto racing pro can’t believe he and partner Chelsie Hightower were just one couple away from hanging up their dancing shoes.

Julianne Hough Gives Gavin DeGraw a Lap Dance During a DWTS Night Out

A handful of Dancing with the Stars alums and pros acted like one big, happy family on Sunday night.

Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower and Ricki Lake joined Karina Smirnoff to support her former partner Gavin DeGraw at his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

“At @GavinDeGraw concert with the gang!” Smirnoff Tweeted, along with a photo of the group. “Woo hoo!”

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Dancing with the Stars Returns with a Vengeance

Dancing with the Stars is back on its toes!

A new round of ballroom competition began Monday night on ABC – and if the season premiere is any indication, it’s going to be a hot one. “Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season,” head judge Len Goodman said after the night’s final performance.

Keep reading to find out who took an early lead, but beware: spoilers ahead.

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