I will say that I have never seen DWTS before this season, so I am no expert. But my impression is that Maks is gentler with Meryl because he understands how demanding her schedule is, and makes her physical well-being his #1 priority. For Val, it was just one night. For Maks, it's a long process. He's a seasoned performer (saw him and Karina on Broadway; they were phenomenal) and gets what it's like to perform in front of a large audience on a nightly basis. I would rather him pace Meryl and make sure she doesn't get exhausted or injured.