Chmerkovskiy did not compete in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.He returned for the show's seventh season, this time paired with two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty May-Treanor.
The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley "The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap." In April the show aired a rehearsal outtake of Chmerkovskiy giving a monologue which resulted in him often being referred to as "sex on a stick." For season 13, he was partnered with Hope Solo and they finished in fourth place.
Halfway through season 9, Chmerkovskiy partnered Joanna Krupa for one week while Derek Hough was ill.
They ended up coming in third place during the two-hour finale on May 25, 2010.
Moving to the United States also gave Chmerkovskiy the opportunity to rededicate himself to dance.
At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment.For season 11, Chmerkovskiy partnered with singer and actress, Brandy.They made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated with a fourth-place finish.She was rushed to the hospital and was unable to be at the results show the following night. Chmerkovskiy also suffered an injury, pulling a muscle in his shoulder.The couple was eliminated four weeks later, finishing in fifth place.Chmerkovskiy said he chose New Jersey because there was a plethora of dance studios that he disliked already established in Brooklyn.