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What we do know about him, is that he is a champion dancer and choreographer from Ukrain, and that he has been a part of Dancing With The Stars America. Now that he is going to be a part of the show's Indian counterpart, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 7 starting today, we must get to know the new judge better, don't you think? Here are 11 unknown facts about the new Greek God on Jhalak-
1. Maksim began dancing at the age of four!
2. In his childhood, Maksim injured his leg in a skiing accident so severely, that initial prognosis said could be handicapped for the rest of his life. But Maksim eventually recovered from it, and how!
3. Maksim's brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a dancer and has been a part of Dancing With The Stars since Season 4.
5. Maksim owns over 10 international dance championship titles across the world, such as the All-England Championship 2004 and the Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Championship 2004. Phew!
6. Maksim owns four dance studios in New York City!
Catch more interesting facts and unseen pictures of Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the slideshow...
Hilary Clinton Loves Maksim!
Yes. The former first lady of the US loves Maksim, and had expressed her joy on his victory in DWTS. "I Was Very Happy That Maks Finally Won Dancing With the Stars. I don't know what the man would have done with himself had he not. I was really worried." Hilary had stated.
Maksim The Actor!
Maksim had guest-starred on America's oldest medical drama, General Hospital, not once, not twice, but three times!
Maksim With Laila Ali
Maksim has danced with some of the most sought-after ladies across the globe, like Laila Ali, Denise Richards, Erin Andrews, Hope Solo, Melissa Gilbert and Meryl Davis! Woah!
Maksim's Bollywood Connection!
Maksim grew up watching Hindi movies and his mother is a huge Raj Kapoor fan. It's surprising then, that you did not know Madhuri Dixit, Maksim!
Maksim Finds UK's DWTS Boring!
Maksim said in an interview, that JDJ is a lot more entertaining and fun than DWTS, as in India, dance is about celebration, even on a dance reality show!
Maksim On Forever Tango
JDJ 7 isn't Maksim's first stint as a judge. Maksim had earlier appeared as a guest judge on dance show Forever Tango.
Maksim And Kate Upton
Maksim broke up with the supermodel-turned-actress, Kate Upton, after the two dated for 6 months.
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Maksim's Struggle Toward Victory
Maksim has been a part of DWTS since season 2, but it took him till season 18 to clinch the title! Out of the 14 appearances on Dancing With The Stars that he made in all, he has made it to the final round five times, with two runner-up and two third place finishes to his credit. He finally won DWTS Season 18 with Olympian partner Meryl Davis.
Maksim Smitten By Shakti
Maksim is blown away by Shakti's talent, and can't stop praising her!
The Chmerkovskiy Brothers
Maksim's brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a dancer and has been a part of Dancing With The Stars since Season 4.
Maksim In India
Maksim is now in India, and is enjoying his stay here. "Having the best time in India, I've got 4 words for everyone: LIVE AND LET LIVE! NAMASTE Y'ALL." he had tweeted.