January 10th, 2011
11:20 AM ET
Get ready ladies: It's going to cost you some airline miles if you would like the chance to capture the heart of "Dancing With the Stars" dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The Latin ballroom dance champion is looking for love and has agreed to appear on "The Bachelor"...in Ukraine.
Chmerkovskiy, who had previously been engaged to fellow "DWTS" dancer Karina Smirnoff, announced on his blog that he has agreed to appear in his homeland's version of the popular ABC dating series for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to give back to his native country.
"My family and I left when I was very young," he wrote on his blog. "And to have made something of myself, to come back here as a person who is looked up to is an amazing feeling."
The dancer says he has previously turned down an offer to appear on the U.S. version of the show, which matches a single man with a bevy of women who vie for his attention in the hopes of being awarded the final rose and, in some cases, an engagement ring. His refusal should not be taken as a reflection of his feelings for American women, he said.
"The fact that I've turned down the American version has NOTHING to do with my 'dislike' of American women. (The statement is so absurd that I can't believe I'm even dignifying it with a reply)," he wrote on his blog.
Chmerkovskiy also said that he believes the first season of such a show would be the most realistic.
"The idea that I would find 'the one' on a TV show is something that I can't ever fathom," he said. "But after speaking to producers, I have realized that a show where characters are doing it solely for TV exposure simply would not work. Our audience would not understand it and the show would be a disaster. There has never been a show such as this in Ukraine."
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