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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and celebrity partner Hope Solo stand before the judges on "Dancing With the Stars."
Next week is finals week on “Dancing With the Stars,” and one of the remaining contenders will soon hold the coveted mirror ball trophy. But just because the season is almost over doesn’t mean there isn’t time for one more ballroom battle — and this one isn’t taking place on the dance floor.
First there was the brouhaha between head judge Len Goodman and moody pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Then there was the alleged bad blood behind-the-scenes between three-time champ Derek Hough and Mad Maks. And now? It’s seems an old “Dancing” feud is reforming — the classic match up between Carrie Ann Inaba and, well, guess who?
That’s right! Chmerkovskiy is once again the man in the middle, but this time, it seems tensions started with Inaba.
On Monday night’s show, while delivering a critique to Chmerkovskiy’s celeb partner, Hope Solo, Inaba took a seemingly random swipe and the pro.
“The thing about lifts, the ins and outs of lifts are what’s really important,” Inaba told Solo before suddenly breaking off and addressing Chmerkovskiy. “You can smile like that all you want. That’s fine, Maks, but the truth is …”
The hoofer, who was barely smiling at all, appeared genuinely taken aback by Inaba’s remark.
“It has nothing to do with me,” he said.
But later, when speaking to reporters after the show, Chmerkovskiy was much more blunt.
“F--- Carrie Ann,” Entertainment Weekly quoted the pro as saying — apparently in a joking manner — when asked about the problem. “Next question.”
But he still had more to say.
“I think Carrie Ann has an issue,” Chmerkovskiy explained. “I don’t know what it is. I would love to know what it is so I can address it. But as of now, I have no clue … I think it was a great night. I totally disagree with the scores, but what else is new?”
Which side are you on in the latest “Dancing” feud? Team Maks, Team Carrie Ann or Team-stop-fighting-already? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page and be sure to join me and Anna Chan for our weekly live chat today at 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss all the latest ballroom buzz.