How Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Vanessa Lachey Bonded Over Emotional Dancing With the Stars Performance
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Vanessa Lachey are moving on from their behind-the-scenes drama. The Dancing With the Stars partners reunited on the Monday, October 9, episode — and their headline-making feud went unmentioned. The two, who did not dance together last week, did a rumba to Nick Lachey‘s “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams).” They received a 24 out of 30 from the judges. Despite the headlines, the pair went right to work.
The Ukrainian pro dancer, 37, and the former Total Request Live cohost, 36, wowed the judges on Monday night with an emotional rumba in tribute to her 9-month-old son, Phoenix, who was born prematurely last December. “That’s the beauty of dance. You feel it,” a visibly emotional Lachey said after the performance. “It’s a beautiful week for all of us here. We put our hearts in these dances. That was for my family and I’m so proud of it.”
“Everything with Maks and Vanessa seemed back to normal this week and no one was talking about it,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “It’s like it didn’t happen.”
“You have the live show on Monday and Tuesday you start rehearsal, and so we started a new week with a new song and a new dance and I was excited to learn the rumba from this guy because he’s like the rumba king. I mean, you’ve got those hips,” Vanessa said about Maks after the show. “I’ve got to keep up with those hips. It actually threw my back out a couple of times, I didn’t tell you that.”
Chmerkovskiy was also overwhelmed by emotion. “We have a hard job getting these people ready for this emotional week,” he told DWTS cohost Tom Bergeron. “We are people too. This got me completely out of my keel. I never cried before [a dance].”
Us Weekly exclusively revealed last week that the stars’ partnership was “not going well” away from the ballroom. “They’re playing nice for the cameras but both are miserable paired with each other,” a source told Us. The choreographer skipped the October 2 episode of the ABC dance competition amid the drama due to an undisclosed “personal issue,” though he publicly apologized to his partner two days later. “I take full responsibility for my absence and want to apologize to my partner Vanessa,” he tweeted.
Maks told us the highly emotional week was not the week to have anything get in the way of the dance.
“The point is to have this platform, to be given this platform to represent something that a lot of people go through and you get to speak for millions of families…Vanessa’s story is such a—I hate to say it—every day occurrence for new moms out there. It’s so important to know there are people who go through this, get to come out, get to shine, there’s no room for anything other than this is the point,” he said.