Also, Maks is getting on my nerves a bit. Ostensibly he's smiling and acting good-natured but ... gosh, it's hard to explain ... there is still that sense of ass-hattery that comes out every time the judges open their mouths. He never looks directly at them. When they speak he stars off into the distance or to he side, or whispers in Melissa's ear. My dog does the same thing when he's mad at me. Maks? You are in trouble if my dog can out-subtle you. Again, hard to explain but if you've ever had a conversation with an annoyed teenager, you know exactly what I mean. CarrieAnne actually gave effective criticism this week Maks looked right through her (kind of the whole "Oh, is that a fly buzzing?" then gives that teeth-gritting smile). I wish he'd just man up, take the criticism and stop being so entitled. Between his management team (Lizzie Grubman is the worst), his clique and the hard-core "Maks can do no wrong" fans, he's got way too many people enabling him. I hate to see him buying into the whole victim mentality. Yes, the judges can be ridiculous but every other pro manages to look like they're listening and taking in what they have to say. In an interview about Melissa's injury (see their thread) I was so pleased to see what I thought was the old Maks ... I adore that Maks ... but then he mentioned the scores and how he disagreed with them. Just ... shut it Maks. Melissa deserved 7's the other week. She was not that good. Own it and then do better. We'll all love you and even better ... ENJOY you again.
THIS! So many times this. I actually thought Melissa got constructive criticism this week about flailing too much and to keep it tighter, and her steps being too big. But Maks' attitude listening to them annoyed me, as if he wasn't even paying attention. The 7s were deserved. But it seems that anything other than 10 10 10 on every single dance he does outrages not only Maks, but those hardcore fans you speak of. It's just amazing to me that neither he nor his fans can even fathom the idea that not everything he does is perfect. And I find it a bit odd this season since, reading his blogs and his tweets, I've gotten the distinct impression Maks knows Melissa isn't very good and they're just buying time and coasting along on his fan base. Who, if you think about it, are doing the same thing they complained about with Bristol -- knocking out better dancers with their power voting and trying to get Maks (not Melissa)the mirror ball in a season he doesn't even come close to deserving it.
Now, that being said, I also did want to comment on something else related to Maks. I don't know how any Maks fan out there wasn't infuriated listening to Len carry on about Derek taking off his shirt and giving them a 9 after what happened during Maks's Samba with Erin. Personally, I would much rather see Maks dance shirtless than Derek, and I also think when Maks did it, it fit the dance/song much better. Derek's seemed gratuitous and forced.