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Image: Maks and Brandy on "Dancing"
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"Dancing" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is paired with Brandy this season.
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E! Online
updated 11/2/2010 5:56:46 PM ET 2010-11-02T21:56:46

As if the celeb contestants on "Dancing with the Stars" didn't have enough to worry about these days, things are about to get even tougher.

What's going on—and why isn't our pal Maksim Chmerkovskiy happy about it?

What dance are you and Brandy working on for next week?
We're doing the waltz as our main dance and then there's this new crazy thing where they're going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won't give us the music. So we're going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and...we'll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.

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It seems like the producers are trying to make it really hard on everyone.
I'm not really sure if I think it'll make for great TV. I just think it's absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. But I'm not the producer. It's not my show. What the production doesn't realize is that it doesn't make it any easier or harder on the celebrities. It makes it harder for the professionals. It's really unfair to us because we are doing way too much.

Last night, Kyle Massey did a paso doble inspired by the one you did with Mel B. How do you think he did?
Mel and I had a phenomenal paso. I think they did a great job. I think Kyle really embraced it and he's a funny guy and this was the one time that he wasn't funny. He was really serious about the whole thing and he looked great doing it...I think he nailed it.

Everyone is still talking about Tony and Audrina's surprising elimination last week. Were you shocked?
Last week was definitely, like, in the top three most shocking eliminations. It was not supposed to happen and I feel really bad for Tony. I know how much he loved working with Audrina. They both had a lot of fun this season. She might not be the loudest person in the room, but she's very sweet and she really liked to dance and she really embraced this competition. I just find it really weird. I'm not really sure how to phrase this, [but] that is what makes our show, that eliminations are so absurd sometimes.

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