Now don’t get your knickers in a twist. It’s true that the “Bad Boy of the Ballroom” Maksim Chmerkovskiy actually teamed up with Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis to win the coveted “Dancing With The Stars” mirrorball for the first time. It’s also true that the 14th time was a charm for the 13-time “non-winner” – Chmerkovskiy made it to the final round five times, with two runner-up and two third place finishes. But that wasn’t Davis that the soon-to-be DWTS Champion was congratulating via video on Monday.
Chmerkovskiy was giving a shout out to friend and musical collaborator Stacy Burk on the success of his immensely popular new single “Til Your Boots Are Dirty” and the sizzling companion video starring the white-hot dancer. The rising country star certainly deserves all of the acclaim he’s receiving.
Burk was on the fast track to superstardom after signing a record deal with Warner Bros. But the can’t-miss performer walked away from it all to take care of his ailing mother in her final days. While the loss of his mother put his personal life in manifest perspective, it also put his promising professional life on hold. After the life-changing “false start,” the up and comer is making the most of his second chance with the song and video starring good friend Chmerkovskiy.
The entertaining video depicts a city boy trying to find his way in the country, a place where he clearly doesn’t fit in. The dancing pro may not be the first person to come to mind for the role of a cowhand, but Burk professed in a recent interview that the choice to cast Chmerkovskiy was an easy one. “I became friends with a songwriter named John Ramey and he had two songs on my album. He introduced me to Dave West – one of the video producers on 'Dancing With the Stars.' He played the song ‘Til Your Boots Are Dirty’ and he loved it.”
“He’s great friends with Maks and he had this idea; ‘If Maks likes the song, he might want to be in the video.’ So we played it for Maks and before Dave even got to asking him anything about it, Maks told him, ‘I’m in. Whatever it is, I'm in.’ (Laughs). So he was all for it and it’s become bigger than we ever thought. We may have a chance to go on 'Dancing With the Stars' with this. It’s just been a blessing all the way around.”
Lovers of great music and great dancing can enjoy the video here.