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Maksim Chmerkovskiy's butt would like to welcome you to EW.com

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I’ve never felt so aliiiiiiiiiiive! Last week, all of my long-gestating ballroom dreams came true as I touched down onto the Dancing With the Stars set (and promptly crumbled from excitement into my alter-ego, a puddle of fringe). Press play below to watch four videos of my trip to outer space. Prepare to wipe away a sparkly tear of joy upon hearing Enthusiastic Chimes Lady (ECL) bless us, the EW.com DANCMSTR nation!

Some other choice shots….

Lucy Scarlett JohnssonGross! A mere mortal infests the Sparkalien-only sofa in ye olde Red Room. (It used to be Samantha Harris’ lair before the more audience-friendly, glass-walled Celebriquarium entered the picture; the stars and Our Pros still do their cheesy pre-commercial “bumpers” here.)

Who dat gem?


Ashley Judd, Matthew McConaughey, ...Something’s missing….

Book Of SecretsNo fringed bracelets?! I suppose I’ll live.

Look for my season 12 finale recap (sadly to be written from my pile of bricks back in Brooklyn) Tuesday morning.



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