Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, Broadway performer, and actor. Maks first appeared on Dancing with the Stars on the second season as a professional dancer. Maks was on the series for fourteen seasons and won the Mirrorball Trophy in 2014 with Olympic ice dancer, Meryl Davis. He left the series after the win but has returned to act as a guest judge. Known for being passionate and vocal, he is regarded as one of the most successful, loved and well-known cast members from Dancing with the Stars.