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If Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson was hoping viewers would one day get a chance to redneckonize her dance floor moves alongside ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she's bound to be disappointed. The "Dancing With the Stars" pro has no intention of waltzing his way to a mirror-ball trophy -- or anything else -- with the TLC reality star.
"She can go ahead and do ('Dancing')," Maks recently told "Extra." "I'm just never going to dance with her."
Plenty of polarizing reality TV personalities have hit the floor on the ballroom bash before, including multiples' mom Kate Gosselin, "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and former teen mom Bristol Palin. But just how likely is it that the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" tyke would really get a shot? According to Maks' little brother, Val Chmerkovkiy, who made it all the way to the finals on the last season of the show, not very.
"She's like 7 -- who's going to dance with her?" Val asked rhetorically just before he and Maks joked that recent winning pro Tony Dovolani, who's had his fair share of not-so-winning celebs in the past, might be a good pick.
But what about Honey Boo Boo's mom, aka Mama June? At 33, the coupon- and bingo-loving matriarch is certainly old enough to learn some samba hip shakes -- just not from Maks.
"I would not dance with the mother," the elder Chmerkovskiy insisted.
In fact, Maks hopes to see a higher caliber of stars on the show than what "Dancing" fans have come to expect.
"We also have a lot of reports that we need bigger stars, and I concur," he told "Extra." "I think that some, not all, of our stars have been of questionable backgrounds. But I don’t see Honey Boo Boo or any of her relatives having earned the right, because I think it’s an honor to be on the show."
Season 16 of "Dancing With the Stars" kicks off March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The cast of stars has yet to be revealed.
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