Dancing with the Stars: October 24, 2011 Maksim Chmerkovskiy vs. The Judges – VIDEO

It was Len Goodman vs. Maksim Chmerkovskiy over a less-than-impressive rhumba with Hope Solo. Not very “Seasons of Love.”

Never one to shy away from a chance to bid farewell to the mirror ball trophy, DWTS resident boy bully Maksim Chmerkovskiy yet again clashed with the judges on tonight’s Broadway-themed show, all but ensuring his and soccer star Hope Solo’s early departure from the competition.

It’s one thing after taking your lumps from lead judge Len Goodman to shake it off and pander to the home audience for phone votes, which Maks never misses a chance to do. But the hot-tempered Chmerkovskiy unfortunately took it a step further when,after Len reminded him he’s been in the business of ballroom for fifty years, replied with a superior, “Maybe it’s time to get out!”

At that point, Carrie Ann jumped in with a verbal swipe to the Maks’s little wet nose, which left Maks with nothing other than the trite “I was just protecting my partner!” defense, with such a lack of conviction it was pretty clear even he didn’t believe it.

Poor Hope Solo was smart to just smile and keep her mouth shut like a beauty pageant contestant who’s just accidentally wet herself on stage, trying hard not to notice as Maks continued to shoot his mouth off to Brooke in his post-interview: “”This is my show. I helped make it what it is.”

The dance itself was totally underwhelming, clunky and pretty deserving of all the criticism it received. And regardless of whoever’s heading home tomorrow night, you can be nearly-guaranteed Maks and Hope will end up one of the two final couples on the chopping block.

Check out the video below.

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