'Dancing With the Stars': Maks 'never said' he didn't like Bristol Palin

maks-bristol-palin.jpg Bristol Palin's somewhat surprising victory over Brandy in the "Dancing With the Stars" semifinals might have seemed even more dramatic for viewers who read recent stories about bad blood between Palin and Brandy's partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Maks spoke with press after his and Brandy's elimination, and he thinks all the talk is a result of the persona he's developed on the show.

"A lot of things just stick," Maks says. "Most recently, there's Bristol saying that I didn't like her. I never said that. I want people to understand that I'm just here as a dancer. That's all I am."