Kate Gosselin Doesn’t “Get the Point” of Dancing With the Stars, Says Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Uh-oh; it appears that Kate Gosselin’s participation on the current season of Dancing With the Stars is causing even more discontent among her cohorts. First, the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom came dangerously close to irreparably alienating her dance partner, Tony Dovolani. And now pro dancer Maksim  Chmerkovskiy is going public with his opinion that the mega-breeder just isn’t grasping the concept and spirit of the popular televised dance contest.

Says the pro hoofer,

“I’ve spoken to Kate, and I don’t think she gets the point of this thing yet. The pain on her face says it all, which is unfortunate.”

Yes, Maks, but you know what else is unfortunate? The pain on the faces of the audience when they watch Kate stumble across the dance floor like a wounded animal.

So how can Kate reverse her DWTS tailspin? Chmerkovskiy figures she needs to come out of her shell a little more—because, you know, she’s been such a shrinking violet up until now. Oh, and she needs to put more faith in dance partner Dovolani. Because, surely, Gosselin is at a point where she’s completely ready to trust the men in her life:

“The show is about finding a way to come out, enjoy yourself and have fun. We were taught to respect our teachers, so as teachers, we expect to be respected by our students. Kate needs to trust him. However lifeless [last week’s paso doble routine] was, he had her ready with the routine.”

Dovolani has his work cut out for him. Last week Kate flat-out stated that she doesn’t have the time for a full practice regimen, placing the blame on—you guessed it—hubby Jon Gosselin, who launched a child-custody lawsuit against his ex-wife last week. Complains Kate, 

“I can’t put my life aside and dance for six hours a day.”

She might not be so hot at moving to the beat, but you have to admit: Kate Gosselin excels when it comes to making excuses.

Let us know in the comments section: How much longer do you think Kate ha left on Dancing With the Stars before she gets the boot?