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'DWTS' season 19: Maksim Chmerkovskiy a permanent judge and Derek Hough gone?

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Now that season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars" has just ended, many of the show's fans are probably already eagerly anticipating the next season. For season 19, they may see two big changes that involve season 18's two pro finalists - the addition of Maksim Chmerkoskiy as a permanent judge and the departure of Derek Hough.

As reported by RumorFix on Thursday, May 22, Maksim has admitted that he's interested in joining the ranks of, or possibly replacing, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. While on "The Wendy Williams Show," Maksim said that he's ready to join the judging panel on a permanent basis. He pointed out that he definitely has the experience and knowledge since he has been a part of the dance industry for 30 years.

Maksim, who served as a guest judge on season 17, told Wendy that he believes that he is a good and fair judge. When directly asked if he wants to have a full time place on the judging panel, he said yes. It seems now that Maskim has finally won after 14 seasons on the show, thanks to his chemistry and compatibility with Olympic figure skating Meryl Davis, he's ready to move on, not from the show completely, but to a new role.

While Maksim Chmerkovskiy wants to still be involved with the show for season 19, it seems that his competitor, Derek Hough, may leave. OK! Magazine reported on Wednesday, May 21, that Derek isn't sure if he wants to do another season. Derek, who placed second with Paralympic snowboarder Army Purdy, said that he signed up for season 18 right away once he heard that he would be partnered with Amy because he knew it would mean something special to people.

"Honestly, before this season, I wasn’t sure. I feel like I’ve kind of done it. I’ve done a lot on this show," Derek admitted to the press after Tuesday night's show. Derek's answer indicates that if he doesn't feel inspired by his season 19 celeb partner selection, he won't be doing it again.

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