DWTS’ Aaron Carter: Better “Energy” on Set Without Maksim

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Now that Maksim Chmerkovskiy has been voted off of Dancing With the Stars, which of his colleagues miss him the most?  Not Aaron Carter.

Since Chmerkovskiy's departure (along with partner Debi Mazar) from the show last week, "the energy has definitely gotten a lot better," Carter told Usmagazine.com at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

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In early September, Chmerkovskiy and Carter's partner Karina Smirnoff, 31, called off their eight-month engagement. Carter says there's less tension with Smirnoff's ex out of the picture.

"We have the opportunity now to focus on the dancing without the drama,” he told Us.

Carter, 21, still doesn't plan on asking out his now-single partner.  "She's a little too old for me," he explained.

Chmerkovskiy is also still single — but definitely not loving it.

"I need to get the pieces back together," he confided to Usmagazine.com at the Freedom Awards in Los Angeles Tuesday.  "When you come out of a relationship that you wanted for the rest of your life, there is not much that you can be happy about."

But he still believes in love, right?

"I'm working on it," he told Us, making a face.

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