Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a professional dancer on ABC's popular dance competition Dancing With the Stars, has confirmed that he will appear on the Ukraine version of The Bachelor.
The 30-year-old had previously insisted he had no plans to participate in a reality dating program, but now admits he’s changed his mind
after speaking with the remake’s producers.
“There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine, and it makes me think that a first season would be the most 'real' as far as participant's perception of 'what its all about,'” he wrote on his online forum in December.
Chmerkovskiy listed several other reasons for his decision, including physical burnout from back-to-back seasons of DWTS and wanting to “give back” to his troubled homeland. Most importantly, he wrote, “This is the first thing in a VERY LONG TIME that I'm doing for ME. For the first time I don't really care what people think.”
The dancer also added that he is approaching the experience with an open mind. “For the sake of the show I can't reveal anything, but I must say I am very pleasantly surprised so far.”
Chmerkovskiy claims he turned down an offer to star on the original version of The Bachelor, although a rep for ABC denies that such an offer was ever made.
Filming for the Ukraine show began in November 2010 following season 11 of DWTS. There has been no word as to whether Chmerkovskiy was successful in his search for love or when the show will air.
Chmerkovskiy’s bad boy reputation has made him the subject of numerous dating rumors. He was engaged to fellow ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff in 2009 and has been romantically linked to a number of DWTS contestants, including sports reporter Erin Andrews, singer Brandy and pro dancers Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke.