Maksim on Emmy Performance: I Did it All for Karina

September 21, 2009 By:
Maksim on Emmy Performance: I Did it All for Karina

Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy may have ended their romance, but they certainly still had a lot of chemistry on stage at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night.

After their performance Maksim admitted that he did the entire performance for Karina because he knew how much it meant to her.

"Honestly the majority of what I did today was because I knew how big of a deal it was for her," he told People magazine at the People Emmy after-party.

"She wants this. She wants to see how she can excel. Dancing at the Emmys was such an amazing spotlight. I just wanted to make sure to give it to her even if it's the last thing I do. So I wanted to do the best job I could, but it was hard."

Even if "it's the last thing I do?" Ouch! Maksim is certainly singing...or should I say dancing?...a different tune than Karina.

Earlier this week Hollyscoop talked to Karina about performing with her ex and she had nothing but kind words to say. "We've been friends for 14 years before we got into a relationship, so that speaks a lot. We're definitely going to remain friends no matter what," she told Hollyscoop.

Check out their special performance below and you let us know what you think? Do they still have chemistry or was it awkward?