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Is the Rivalry Between Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing With the Stars' Real?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 20th 2011 8:00AM
Maks and Val ChmerkovskiyForget about rivalries between celebrities on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- there's definitely a sense of competition between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his kid brother Val, who's one of the show's new pro dancers.

Val showed that the gloves (or rather the shirts) are off when he made his entrance on last night's premiere by descending the stairs bare-chested.

Prior to dancing the cha-cha with his celebrity partner, model/TV host Elisabetta Canalis, Val said that he'd given his brother ten seasons to win the mirrorball trophy, but that since he hasn't taken it home, well, Val was just going to have to do it himself. (Ouch!)

Is this just some brotherly banter to rile up the audience or is Val trying to dethrone Maks as the "bad boy of the ballroom?"

"None of it is serious," Val assured AOL TV on the post-show press line. "We're both very passionate and competitive, but our passion is focused more on supporting each other and making sure that as a unit, as a family, we go forward and succeed. Everybody else is our competition."

Maks and partner Hope Solo, a pro soccer player, scored an impressive 21 points for their Viennese Waltz compared to Val and Elisabetta's 15 for their cha-cha.

While tapping into a faux rivalry may make for good television, Maks says that his brother deserves to be on the show as a pro dancer in his own right.

"I'll jump in every once in a while and tell him a few things, but only if he wants to know," Maks says of coaching his sibling. "I want this to be his journey, his own experience. If someone hands everything to him on a plate it can ruin it. He's worked hard to get where he's gotten. He earned it on his own."

Maks is six years Val's senior, but he says it feels more like only six weeks given Val's impressive performance in the premiere. "I'm absolutely proud of how he did. He's made the hardest move for a true professional dancer to transition onto a stage this big with this many people."

Val says that he and his brother have always been close.

"We're very similar in a lot of ways, but we're very different, too," Val says. "We try to avoid trouble, but if it came our way we took care of it."

There may be a bit of a language barrier between Val and Elisabetta, but Canalis has no problem interpreting the dynamic between the two brothers. "They're having fun," she says. "They love each other. They really love each other."

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 airs Mondays and Tuesdays, 8PM ET on ABC.

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Gibson Family

I really like the show. Most of the pros are really good and I love to see how they get the best out of their stars. But, I am so over Mark Ballas. While most pros show off their stars, Ballas always shows off himself. Last night was a perfect example. While his partner was struggling he was spinning and jumping and totally being in the forfront instead of supporting his partner. I have watched as he has got worse about it each year. I really enjoyed the rivalry between Val and Max. If you recall when brook ask Val about it, Val said in all honesty that he hopes Max does great and that he deserves the best. Great to have a sibling that has your back. Can't wait for the next show. I enjoy the dancing.

September 20 2011 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gramkillion

I think everyone should leave Chaz alone. He is only dancing, not making speaches advocating gay rights. He tries real hard and is cute in his own way. Lacey is the perfect partner for him.

September 20 2011 at 6:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dmarrs7077

abc will stoop to any low to try to get ratings , just look at some of the cast, and chaz was not awesome like they are trying to push whatever gender it is

September 20 2011 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue

They're both hot.. Wrap them up, I'll take both of them!

September 20 2011 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
avispcc

I AM HOOKED...LOVE this show!!!

September 20 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
typqueen

Hate this show. Wouldn't watch it if you paid me.

September 20 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Judy

I could tell last night that it wasn't real. They really care about each other, and that was apparent. No real rivalry here!

September 20 2011 at 4:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
colfla

That was on last night? Oh yea, that's right, never watched an episode before now, so why change? This sibling rivalry is nothing more than ABC lame attempt to draw in viewers with some bogus drama like all reality shows use to hook viewers. Chaz Bono or Nancy Grace make it to the finals and they lose more of their dwindling numbers. This is as bad as the Bachelor/Bachlorette shows.

September 20 2011 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lora

Unfortunately, Val's partner probably won't be around long enough for us to get to know him. I think it is cute to have brothers on the show. I like the competitiveness of all the pros, but I'm not crazy about the egos. Some of them never get the best dancers either, so that really isn't fair. Derrek usually gets a great dancer, and Tony and Louie usually get a middle aged so-so dancer.

September 20 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Darth Sidious

Gotta love the non-reality of reality television.

September 20 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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