During last night's show, contestant Nyle DiMarco ruled the night with a flawless waltz set to "I Get to Love You" by Ruelle, but his official score didn't accurately reflect the judges' overall opinion. While Chmerkovskiy and Bruno Tonioli both held up their "10" paddles, their scores were entered as 9s by Len Goodman, who tallies all of the official scores. As a result, the only judge who appeared to award DiMarco with a perfect 10 was Goodman.
Backstage, Chmerkovskiy elaborated on his harsh critique.
"I'm his friend. I hope he's still mine, but he definitely has to step up," he said. "I did this job for 10 years. I'm proud of this position, and if you're going to come and replace me, basically, you better bring what I used to bring."
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.