Longtime fans of "Dancing With the Stars" were understandably saddened and panicked when Maksim Chmerkovskiy let it slip that he will leave ABC's hit ballroom show at the end of 2013. After all, "Maks" embodies the series, representing everything the reality stalwart has to offer, both good and bad. In many cases, Maks is a bigger star these days than the celebrity partners who pair up with him for a weekly trip through the light fantastic. To be sure, "Dancing With the Stars" will miss Maks and all of his outrageous antics, but fans probably don't need to worry too much about the Ukrainian disappearing for long.
At 32, Maks is too young and loves the spotlight too much to simply fade into the woodwork, and he already has plans for his next move. Among the tidbits from a recent interview with On The Red Carpet, Maks hinted that he might write an autobiography, if only his fans will prod just a bit.
As Maks tells it, his family's story would make for a compelling book, considering that they came from the Ukraine in search of a better, brighter life in the United States. While fans would probably have to read the book to know just what Maks's life were like back in the old country, it's hard to deny that he and brother Val seem to be living large in America these days. Setting aside the journey from there to here for just a moment, Maks could probably fill several tomes with stories about his star encounters, both on and off the dance floor. Of course, big names in the limelight probably have to be somewhat careful about throwing stones, lest they get caught in the return volley. In fact, revelations about his own temperament by former dance partner Hope Solo might be one reason that Maks is considering penning his own memoirs.
Chmerkovskiy, though, has not been one to shy away from controversy or to tone down his criticisms, as evidenced by frequent rows with the "DWTS" judging panel. Maks is also well-known for his popular blog on TVGuide.com, so he is no stranger to laying it all out for the world to see. In many ways, an autobiography would be a natural extension of his on-air and Internet personality, and it might give him an outlet for his creative urges and his controversial opinions. And, as Maks himself says while taking a swipe at Justin Bieber, the popular dancer has ample life experience to justify writing a book about his days, unlike some teens who find themselves in the limelight.
Whether or not the Maksim Chmerkovskiy byline shows up on any best-seller lists in the near future, it's a pretty good bet that the end of his run on "Dancing With the Stars" won't spell the end of Maks in the public eye. One way or another, he'll be around for quite some time.
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