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Move Over Tyra Banks, Maks Chmerkovskiy Wants to Host ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Dancing with the Stars fans have been ruthlessly roasting Tyra Banks for her hosting style on Season 29 of the show. Some have even pledged not to watch the show if they don’t bring back Tom Bergeron. Banks has signed on to host Season 30 much to their dismay. But, one former cast member is coming for her crown. Maks Chmerkovskiy has expressed a desire to host.

Maks Chmerkovskiy Wants to Host ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Maks and his brother Val sat down for an interview with Us Weekly to promote their Maks and Val: Stripped Down tour. Once their tour wraps up, Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars is set to air. Val is hoping to keep his spot on the show as a pro. Maks definitely has some bigger ideas.

“I’d love to host,” he confessed. “I’d fill any shoes on that show. I wish that I would’ve had that understanding when I first got to the show, we had a different process because I honestly had no examples of anything like this in front of me to be like, ‘Oh, that’s what it’s like.'”

Maks started as a pro dancer on Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars. He took a break for Season 6 but returned the following season. Maks departed again from the show in Season 16. He returned in Season 18 and finally took home the Mirrorball Trophy for the first time with his partner Meryl Davis. Maks made his big comeback in Season 23 before finally hanging up his dancing shoes after Season 25. He has periodically returned to the ballroom as a guest judge.

“I personally would love an opportunity to step into any shoes on the production side or in front of the camera,” Maks continued. “I don’t really necessarily have the passion of leading someone through this incredibly grueling process of three months of getting to the end. I may not have that, but I do have the passion of contributing to dancing, being on television, and sticking around.”


Could Maks Actually Become the Host in the Future?

Is there a possibility of Maks hosting the show in the future? After his stint on The Masked Dancer and journey into fatherhood, Maks is a totally different person than he was back in Season 2. He has long been one of the most talked-about dancers in the franchise. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to move him into this new role.

Along with being the host, Banks is also the executive producer, so she might be calling the shots right now. It doesn’t look like she will be giving up hosting duties any time soon. Expect to see more of her frantic costume changes and on-air blunders in Season 30.

As for Val, he’s more than content with being a pro dancer right now. He placed 10th overall last season with his partner Monica Aldama. He and the rest of the pro dancers will not find out if they made the cut to join Season 30 until around August.

“I like the role that I’m in,” he said. “I like what I’m doing. I’m about to host 19 cities on a tour on my own terms. We have 12-hour days where my whole body’s exhausted. I’m exhausted, and I love every single ache and just every single part of it.”

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