In week 3, Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced a Cha-Cha-Cha, they scored 17 . Alley and Chmerkovskiy were eliminated in week 8 alongside Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd in a double elimination.Chmerkovskiy returned on the fifth week of Season 16 for "Len's Side-By-Side Challenge", where he danced with Anna Trebunskaya in an Argentine Tango with brother Val and his partner Zendaya and in a Jive with Jacoby Jones and his partner Karina Smirnoff.Prior to the full cast announcement, US Weekly reported Chmerkovskiy would return to Dancing for season 18 after a two-season break. Chmerkovskiy however, missed 4 weeks of competition due to an injury.Morris and Chmerkovskiy were eliminated on week 6 after receiving a perfect 40 and finished in 8th place.For season 15, an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley.
As a child Chmerkovskiy also participated in tennis, soccer, and swimming.Chmerkovskiy said he chose New Jersey because there was a plethora of dance studios that he disliked already established in Brooklyn.The studio relocated a few times until it ended up in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine.Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley "The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap." In April the show aired a rehearsal outtake of Chmerkovskiy giving a monologue which resulted in him often being referred to as "sex on a stick." For season 13, he was partnered with Hope Solo and they finished in fourth place.Chmerkovskiy did not compete in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.