Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Born Valentin Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Other names VC (rapper stage name)
Citizenship American, Ukrainian
Occupation Dancer, Choreographer
Home town Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Television Dancing with the Stars
Relatives Maksim Chmerkovskiy (brother)
Awards

World Junior Latin Champion World Youth Latin Champion

DWTS Season 20 Champion

Valentin "Val" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (Ukrainian: Валентин Олекса́ндрович Чмерковський) is a Ukrainian-American professional dancer, best known for his appearances in the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). Chmerkovskiy is a two-time World Latin Dance Champion (Junior and Youth) and a 14-time U.S. National Latin Dance champion. On May 19, 2015, Chmerkovskiy won the 10th anniversary season of Dancing with the Stars with celebrity partner actress Rumer Willis.

Early life and career[edit]

Chmerkovskiy was born to a Jewish family[1] in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, in what was then the Soviet Union. His parents are Aleksandr "Sasha" Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskaya.[2] His older brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (born 1980), is also a professional dancer who appears on DWTS.[3]

The family immigrated to Brooklyn in 1994 where Chmerkovskiy attended yeshiva in Borough Park.[1] In 1996, Maksim and Sasha opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey, and Valentin was one of the students. In 2001, Valentin and partner Diana Olonetskaya, 15, became the first American dance team to win a world junior championship title.[4]

Val went to college and majored in Business Management.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Valentin first appeared on season 2, February 10, 2006, as a student of his brother during Week 6. The students were: Valentin & Valeriya Kozharinova, Sergei Onik & Michelle Glazarov and Boris Leokumovich & Nicole Volynets. The couples performed two numbers.[5][6]

Valentin then appeared once again on season 4 results show on May 8, 2007. He starred in a dance off against his brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. [7]

Chmerkovskiy appeared on the season 10 results show on April 6, 2010. He did a country western themed routine with his brother Maksim, Edyta Śliwińska and Snejana Petrova.[8]

He appeared on the season 11 results show on October 5, 2010, performing a music and dance duel against Mark Ballas. While performing to the song "Toxic" by Britney Spears, Val played the violin and danced with Lacey Schwimmer.[9]

In season 13, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with model/actress Elisabetta Canalis. They were eliminated second, finishing in 11th place.

In season 14, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with comedienne/talk show host Sherri Shepherd. On Rock Week (Week 4) of DWTS, they were the third couple to be eliminated, finishing in 10th place.

Chmerkovskiy danced as a professional partner in season 15 with season 1 winner, Kelly Monaco.[10] They finished in third place on the season finale.

For season 16, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with Disney Channel's Shake It Up star, Zendaya. On May 21, Zendaya and Val came in second place behind Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler.

For season 17, he paired with film and television actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren. Despite receiving high scores, they were eliminated on week 9, finishing in sixth place.

For season 18, he paired with actress and author Danica McKellar. They were eliminated on Week 8 and ended in sixth place.

For season 19, he was paired with Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish. They made it to the finals and finished in third place.[11]

For season 20, he was paired with actress and singer Rumer Willis. On May 19, 2015, Willis and Chmerkovskiy were crowned the winners marking Chmerkovskiy's first win.

For season 21, he was partnered with R&B singer and reality television star, Tamar Braxton.[12]On November 11, 2015, Braxton revealed that she had to withdraw from the competition due to health issues.[13]

Season Partner Place
13 Elisabetta Canalis 11th
14 Sherri Shepherd 10th
15 Kelly Monaco 3rd
16 Zendaya 2nd
17 Elizabeth Berkley Lauren 6th
18 Danica McKellar 6th
19 Janel Parrish 3rd
20 Rumer Willis 1st
21 Tamar Braxton 5th
  • Coincidentally, Val has had exactly the same outcome in his first four seasons on Dancing with the Stars as his older brother Maksim had on his first four seasons on the show; eliminated before the finals on his first two seasons, third place on his third, and the runner-up on his fourth season.
  • Val shares a record originally set by Mark Ballas of having the most celebrity partners (three) to never individually score less than 8 from any judge. He is also the only professional to go three consecutive seasons without ever scoring less that an eight (16, 17, 18) with Zendaya, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Danica McKellar.
  • Val and his season 19 partner Janel Parrish hold the record for the earliest perfect score, receiving it during week 3 (matched by Bethany Mota & Derek Hough later in the same show).

With celebrity partner Elisabetta Canalis (Average: 18.0):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Last Friday Night" 5 5 5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Don't Get Me Wrong" 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Sherri Shepherd (Average: 22.8):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sherry" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Proud Mary" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "If I Could" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Tango / "Come On Feel the Noise" 7 7 7 Eliminated

With celebrity partner Kelly Monaco (Average: 26.8):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Bang Bang" 7.0 7.0 7.5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Who Says" 7.5 7.0 7.5 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "España cañí" 9.0 9.0 9.0 Safe
4 Contemporary / "Fix You" 9.0 9.5/9.5 9.5 Safe
5 Samba / "Want U Back"
Team Freestyle (Gilles) / "Gangnam Style"
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.5
9.0
No Elimination
6 Tango / "Good Girl"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
9.0
No
9.0
Scores
9.0
Given
Safe
7 Foxtrot & Cha-cha-cha / "Don't Stop"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
9.0
Awarded
9.0
9
9.0
Points
No Elimination
8 Viennese Waltz / "I'll Be"
Jive (Trio Challenge) / "Animal"
9.5
9.5
9.0
9.5
9.5
9.5
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Flamenco / "Malagueña"
Rumba / "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
8.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
8.5
9.5
Last to be Called Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "España cañí"
Freestyle / "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Instant Jive / "Cat and Mouse"
9.5
10.0
9.5
10.0
9.5
9.5
10.0
10.0
9.5
Third Place

With celebrity partner Zendaya (Average: 27.3):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Feel Again" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "This Head I Hold" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Viennese Waltz / "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"
Awarded
8
2
8
Points
8
Safe
4 Samba / "Love On Top" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Discombobulate" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Do I Do"
Team Paso Doble / "Higher Ground"
10
7
9
8
10
7
Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Buster Voodoo"
Jive Dance Off / "Good Golly Miss Molly"
9
Awarded
9
3
9
Points
Safe
8 Foxtrot / "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) / "Dança Molengo"
9
10
10
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep / "Don't Give Up"
Hip-Hop / "Fine China"
8
10
8
10
9
10
Last to be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Yerbatero"
Cha-cha-cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Beauty and a Beat"
Instant Jive / "Rockin' Robin"
10
Awarded
10
10
10
5
10
10
10
Points
10
10
Runners-Up

With celebrity partner Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Average: 26.5):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Imagine" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Samba / "Straight to Memphis" 8 9 8 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "Come Fly with Me" 8 9 8 Safe
4 Argentine Tango / "Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix" 9 9* 9 Safe
5 Jive / "I'm So Excited" 8 9 9 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "Put Your Hands on Me"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
10
Awarded
10
2
10
Points
No Elimination
7 Quickstep / "Dance Apocalyptic"
Team Freestyle / "Bom Bom"
9
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
8 Jazz / "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
Cha-cha-cha Dance Off / "Woman's World"
8
Lost
9*
This
8
Event
Safe
9 Viennese Waltz / "Young and Beautiful"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) / "Pucko"
9
10
8
10
9
10
Eliminated
  • Week 4 Score was given by guest judge Julianne Hough.
  • Week 8 Score was given by guest judge Cher.

With celebrity partner Danica McKellar (Average: 26.3):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Walk Away" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Samba / "All Nite (Don't Stop)" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Contemporary / "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" 9 9/91 9 Safe
42 Jive / "Love Me Right!" 8 8/83 8 No Elimination
5 Quickstep / "Be Our Guest" 10 9/104 10 Safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) 9 95/9 9 Safe
7 Salsa / "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)"
Team Freestyle / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
8
10
96/8
106/9
8
10
Safe
8 Tango /"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Samba) /"I Luh Ya Papi"
10
8
9/97
9/87
10
9
Eliminated

1Additional score of Week 3 was given by Robin Roberts

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up", Danica McKellar did not perform with Chmerkovskiy and instead performed with Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Chmerkovskiy performed Argentine Tango with Meryl Davis and received scores of 10/9/10/10

3Additional score of Week 4 was given by Julianne Hough

4Additional score of Week 5 was given by Donny Osmond

5Additional score of Week 6 was given by Redfoo

6Additional score of Week 7 was given by Ricky Martin

7Additional score of Week 8 was given by Abby Lee Miller

With celebrity partner Janel Parrish (Average: 36.5 ):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Bang Bang" 7 7 7 8 Safe
2 Foxtrot / "Call Me Maybe" 9 8 8 9 Safe
3 Jazz / "America" 10 101 10 10 Safe
4 Rumba / "How Will I Know" 9 92 9 9 Safe
53 Burlesque / "Mamma Knows Best" 8 84 8 9 No Elimination
6 Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" 8 75 9 9 Last to be called safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Secret"
Team Freestyle / "Black Widow"
8
9
7
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8 Contemporary / "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" 10 10 10 10 Safe (Immunity)
9 Quickstep / "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) /"Morning Drums"
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
Safe
10
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Blame
Argentine Tango / "Blame" (acoustic version)
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
Safe
11
finals
Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval"
Freestyle / "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Hideaway"
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
Third Place

1 Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.

2The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.

3This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Parrish performed with Artem Chigvintsev instead of Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy performed with Lea Thompson.

4 Score given by guest judge Jessie J in place of Goodman.

5Score given by guest judge Pitbull in place of Goodman.

With celebrity partner Rumer Willis (Average: 37.0)

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church" 8 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Rumour Has It" 8 8 8 8 Safe
3 Salsa / "Turn The Beat Around" 8 9 8 8 Safe
4 Waltz / "Turning Tables" 9 8 9 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Poor Unfortunate Souls" 10 9 10 10 Safe
6 Jazz / "Bootylicious"
Team Freestyle / "Trouble"
8
10
8
9
7
10
9
10
Safe
7 Jive / "Dear Future Husband"
Foxtrot Dance-Off / "Orange Colored Sky"
8
Awarded
9
2
9
Extra
9
Points
Last to be called safe
8 Rumba / "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "Earned It"
Contemporary / "Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20"
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
-
Last to be called safe
10
Finals
Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church"
Freestyle / "Toxic"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Big Jet Plane"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Winner

With celebrity partner Tamar Braxton (Average: 25.4):

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Quickstep / "Do Your Thing" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "We Are Family"
Charleston / "Living in New York City"
8
8
8
8
8
9
Safe
3 Tango / "A Beautiful Mine" 8 91/8 8 Safe
4 Rumba / "King" 9 9 9 Safe
52 Samba / "End of Time" 7 7/83 7 No Elimination
6 Jazz / "Rhythm Nation" 10 10/104 10 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "People are Strange"
Team Freestyle / "This Is Halloween"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Last to be called safe
8 Paso Doble / "Born This Way"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Fun"
9
No
9
Extra
10
Points
Safe
9 Contemporary5/ "Wicked Game"
Team-Up Dance (Rumba) / "Hey Jude"
8
9
7
9
7
9
Safe
10
Semifinals
N/A N/A N/A N/A Withdrew

1Score given by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro

2This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Braxton performed with Louis van Amstel instead of Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy performed with Bindi Irwin.[14]

3Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy

4Score given by guest judge Olivia Newton-John.

5Braxton and Chmerkovskiy's scores for this dance were based on dress rehearsal footage, due to Braxton being in the emergency room and not arriving at the show in time to perform it.

Personal life[edit]

Chmerkovskiy is a co-owner of six competitive dance studios under the brand "Dance With Me."[15] Five are in the New York metropolitan area ( Glen Rock and Fort Lee in New Jersey, Glen Head, Long Island, SoHo, Manhattan and Stamford, Connecticut) and one is in Sherman Oaks, California.[2][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Israel ‘Promotes Peace First and Foremost’ But Somehow, They’re Always in Conflict". The Algemeiner. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ian Spelling (December 9, 2011). "Maksimum Exposure: Fort Lee resident Maksim Chmerkovskiy talks Dancing with the Stars and running his Bergen-based dance studios". Bergen.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maksim Chmerkovskiy". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Shayna Samuels (April 21, 2002). "And One And Two, And the Dancers Are Off!". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDGme6jUlmA
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roqvp_uN0u4
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBiyfxlZw7E
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPFZCizdeso
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSw1eZibZ5c
  10. ^ Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Revealed for All-Stars Season
  11. ^ http://www.buddytv.com/articles/dancing-with-the-stars/dancing-with-the-stars-season-55205.aspx
  12. ^ "Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast Announcement". ABC. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ "tamarbraxtonher Instagram". Instagram. November 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ Gomez, Patrick (October 7, 2015). "The Dancing with the Stars Switch-Up Week Couples Revealed!". People.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ Myles Ma (August 6, 2013). "N.J. studio owned by 'Dancing with the Stars' professionals to expand". NJ.com. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Our Dance Studio Locations". Retrieved January 14, 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 20 (Spring 2015 with Rumer Willis)
Succeeded by
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Preceded by
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner-up
Season 16 (Spring 2013 with Zendaya)
Succeeded by
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
Preceded by
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place
Season 15 (Autumn 2012 with Kelly Monaco)
Season 19 (Autumn 2014 with Janel Parrish)
Succeeded by
Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess
Preceded by
Chris Soules & Witney Carson
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalists
Season 21 (Autumn 2015 with Tamar Braxton)
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