maksim chmerkovskiy return dancing with the stars 'Dancing With the Stars': Maksim Chmerkovskiy back for plugged/unplugged semifinalsHunky professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy left “Dancing With the Stars” earlier this year to pursue other projects, but Monday, Nov. 18 he’ll be back in the ballroom — as a guest judge.

ABC has announced that Maks will sit with Carrie Ann, Lee and Bruno at the judges’ table for the first ever plugged/unplugged night for the Season 17 semifinals. What that means is that the couples must perform two versions of the same song — one plugged, one unplugged.

The first round will feature either a jazz, paso doble, cha cha or tango routine to the plugged version of the song, then the second round will feature either a Viennese waltz, Argentine tango or rumba routine to the unplugged version of the song.

There are five couples left for the semifinals — celebrities Corbin Bleu, Bill Engvall, Jack Osbourne, Leah Remini and Amber Riley. Who do you think will take home the mirror ball trophy?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."