Val Chmerkovskiy: Also From Ukraine with Love
Posted Oct 21, 2011 @ 8:42 AM
Posted Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:37 PM
Just as good as the pink and the powered blue ones.
And Chelsea too!
Posted Nov 6, 2011 @ 7:12 PM
That Rumba was lovely, thanks for posting. And I do remember him being quite a standout in the other videos.
Appropos of absolutely nothing, one of my favorite clips of the Val/Valeriya competitive dance partnership which, sadly, ended a couple of years ago.
Val & Valeriya - Rumba
A trip down memory lane:
I always thought that he was a fantastic dancer, and I actually thought that his choreography this year was pretty good. I hope he gets another chance to come back as a pro. Usually the new pros get tossed aside if they go out early.
By the way, his personality seems pretty chill from what I've seen in interviews. I think he'll be fine with another celebrity.
Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 3:29 PM
I appreciate that he is separating himself from Maks' image this year, without just saying "I'm sweeter, calmer, less emotional, etc." I think he IS all of those things, and the longer he stays the clearer it is. I watched the Ukrainian Bachelor when Maks was on, and I remember one of the girls saying that Maks looks like this super macho tough guy, but he isn't that at all -more of a Mama's boy type (this was after she was eliminated ha) - and it was his brother and his father who were the strong silent types. I don't think anybody thinks the show needs 2 Maks' - although I would be sad to see the 1 go.
I think Val is doing a great job partnering Sherri. His quiet calmness makes her much more bearable to me, as does the fact that he clearly adores her and is having a lot of fun working with her. I love how he dances WITH Sherri. He is arguably the best male dancer on the show, and certainly the freshest from competition, but he slows down, tones it down and stays connected with her the whole time. That is what made their Fox Trot and Jive so cute to me - she just beams at HIM the entire time. And in the mic'd footage he's beaming back at her and saying "you're killing it!" Just a sweet partnership that they have.
I love the additions of Val and Tristan - they seem somewhat similar in being low key, laid back, charming guys who are very focused on supporting their partners - if I were to pick a partner it would absolutely be one of them. I hope they both get younger/fitter/ringier partners at some point so that we can really see what they can do.
And on a shallow note Val is so hot to me when he's smiling, clean shaven and without all that crap in his hair. He can still look like a douche, but at least now we know he's not really one (at least I don't think so).
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 8:19 AM
The one thing about Val though that stuck me last night is that he doesn't have much of a personality. He seems so...bland. I am sure there are emotions churing up inside of him, especially after last night. But he just seems too flat-lined to me in his emotions - he is the same wheather he is sad, happy, etc. I don't think he has a strong enough personality to make himself stand out in the show, and to get out from under his brother's shadow.
If he wasn't Maks' brother, he might be in danger of not being asked back next season, especially with his lackluster results these past two seasons.
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 9:49 PM
Again, I really want to be wrong because Val is a great dancer. Oh well... we'll see. And yes, I too think they were eliminated too soon - I enjoyed Sherry's funny persona.
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Posted Oct 17, 2012 @ 1:09 PM
Maks could have the fabulous body too if he wanted get really slim. This is just my opinion, I know others have more tolerance for extra weight on a dancer, but I like to see a really long lean body on a dancer.
Posted Oct 17, 2012 @ 10:18 PM
Posted Nov 6, 2012 @ 1:14 PM
I think Val is so much more personable this season. He's relaxed and having fun and it shows.
Edited by rulesoftravel, Nov 6, 2012 @ 1:15 PM.
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Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 3:40 PM
I hate Val's showmance stuff, but in his position, when he has fought for years to be taken seriously by the show and land a place on it, when TPTB come to him and say, "You are going to do a showmance", does anybody really think he's in a position to say, "no"? Which other major network ballroom dance show is going to be hiring him?
First, I don't think a showmance is being forced on Val. He doesn't miss an opportunity to make a make a suggestive comment about his relationship with Kelly. That's not a guy who's just playing along. Of the two of them, I think Val is feeding into it more. Sure, the show and the press love a good showmance and are probably encouraging it. I just don't see Val as resisting at all.
I also disagree that Val has been fighting for years to be taken seriously by the show. According to him, the show had their eye on him for years before he became a pro. He took the opportunity when he was ready to move on from competing in the real world. Even then, this is the guy's third season. He's had crap partners, but several pros with a crap partner and a poor showing in their first season never got a second chance. Val hasn't had to fight for his spot on the show, his connections opened up an opportunity for him. Val certainly has talent in his own right, but I highly doubt Val would have been cast this season, or even been on this show in the first place, if he weren't Maks' brother.
I do agree that Val is looking for the opportunity to prove himself, and particularly that he is more than just Maks' brother. His partnership with Kelly has certainly given him that opportunity. I like the friendship between Kelly and Val, but I would like them better as a pair if Val didn't try so hard to sell the showmance.
Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 5:29 PM
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Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:41 PM
That was a turn off to me. Grow up, Val.
Edited by CattyTiger, Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:42 PM.
Posted Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:25 AM
We're not seeing camel toes on women, so I'd just prefer not to see some weird outline of a penis either. And it's not like male dancers don't know how to wear themselves, and they aren't drawing attention to it the way Val was, while pretending embarrassment.
That was a turn off to me. Grow up, Val.
Kind of "apples and oranges," isn't it? Women have internal genitalia, men have external genitalia. You'd have to be wearing something pretty outrageous (or really unfortunately fitted) to even see an approximation of a vagina. Now, looking back, I think that I actually exaggerated when I said that there was a "vague outline of a penis." All I saw was a pretty nondescript bulge. Val's Speedo was positively G-rated compared to what the U.S. men's rowing team was wearing, for example. (Google it and you'll see what I mean. Yeesh!)
Posted Nov 21, 2012 @ 9:08 AM
As a gay man, I like seeing as much naked male flesh as possible, but even I've been yelling at the guys (not just Val) to put their shirts on and button them up lately. There IS such a thing as too much of a good thing, after all.
Edited by legaleagle44, Nov 21, 2012 @ 9:09 AM.
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Posted Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:35 AM
I think the issue with Val (it is for me at least) is that he seems desperate and is using risqué clothing and dance movement to cover-up a lack of ability in his partner and an inability to create interesting, unique, and entertaining choreography.
Posted Nov 26, 2012 @ 1:50 PM