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Maks Chermkovskiy says he won't return to Dancing With the Stars

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The onus is on young Val to carry on the Chermovksiy name inside the ballroom:  His elder brother Maks has made it clear that he will never return to Dancing with the Stars.

In an interview with Glamour, Maks Chermkosvkiy said a “change of guard” was necessary, which is why he’ll never lace up a pair of Danskins for the ABC show that made him a household name. 

“You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right,” he told the magazine’s website. “Nothing was out of ordinary. Like a plant that in order to improve growth, you have to pull branches. It’s the same thing. Every now and again, everything needs to be refreshed. Me, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, the few of us leaving, I think this might be one of the last times we see Derek Hough. Tony Dovolani is still around, but I don’t know for how long. It’s not set. It’s awesome. We’ve moved on, and the show is still where it is … I hope the show stays for another 10 years, and we’ll come celebrate it when we’re a lot older.”

The comments from Maks Chermkovskiy, who now hopes to pursue a career in acting, come just hours before the 20th season finale of DWTS airs on ABC. His younger brother Val is partnered with Rumer Willis and are considered front–runners in the finals, though crowd sentiment is strong for Noah Galloway, the Army vet and double amputee who is partnered with Sharna Burgess. The third finalist is actor/singer Riker Lynch, who has a massive Twitter following.

The two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.