WATCH: Heather Morris Scores First 9 Of the 'DWTS' Season as Maksim Chmerkovskiy Cheers From the Sidelines
ET’s Nischelle Turner spoke with some of Maks’ co-stars about his stem cell procedure and recovery backstage.
“I was surprised. I'm overestimating his age, I guess. But he looked great. I hope he's back soon. It's not the same without him,” Maks’ brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, told ET. "We're each other's biggest fans. I'm his biggest fan, he's my biggest fan [since] way before the competition. So we compete, but we compete with each other, not against each other."
Murgatroyd was also pleased to see her man up and about, telling ET, “It was nice having him here. He's going to be back soon I think… I don't know if he'll be dancing next week, but the next week after he will definitely be dancing.”
Fellow dance pro Sharna Burgess could relate to Maks’ struggle to heal as the competition goes on. She previously had to handle a knee injury while on the show.
“I love having him back here so quickly. He saw the same doctor that I did last season when I hurt my knee,” she said. “I know he was in the best hands possible and hopefully we'll see him back soon.”