DWTS’ Val Chmerkovskiy Shares He Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Val Chmerkovskiy is not going to be collaborating in Dancing With the Stars subsequent Monday after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

“I received some unhealthy information. I, sadly, examined optimistic for covid and won’t be able to carry out this Monday,” the dancer, 36, shared by way of Instagram on Friday, October 28. “It sucks majorly for lack of a greater, extra profound phrase.”

The mirror ball champion shared that his associate Gabby Windey examined detrimental, and the pair will stay within the competitors. Alan Bersten will step as much as take Chmerkovskiy’s place and dance with the previous Bachelorette, 31. Bersten, 28, was paired up with Jessie James Decker this season, however the twosome was eradicated from the Disney+ competitors collection final week.

“This can be a large bummer, I’m very disillusioned,” Chmerkovskiy mentioned. “I really feel like I let some folks down.”

The World Latin Dance Champion revealed he was “actually trying ahead” to acting on the present’s Halloween-themed evening subsequent week with an Argentine tango routine he “actually loves.” The Ukraine native shared he feels effective and plans on returning to the competitors subsequent week so long as the followers vote for the couple to proceed dancing, referring to the state of affairs as a “minor setback for a serious comeback.”

Windey and Chmerkovskiy carried out a romantic rumba in final week’s episode and earned a 46/50. Chmerkovskiy’s spouse, Jenna Johnson, stepped in throughout final week’s rehearsals to assist the pair join for the dance. Johnson, 28, can be a dancer on the present however is sitting out this season as a result of she is pregnant along with her and Chmerkovskiy’s first baby.

“It’s a studying curve for all of us,” the previous ICU nurse instructed a small group of reporters after final week’s present. “We’ve by no means been on this area earlier than, but it surely was nice having Jenna to return into the rehearsal house and train me and attending to be taught from her. And Erich [Schwer, Windey’s fiance] has been so supportive. He understands it is a efficiency and we have now a objective.”

Chmerkovskiy will not be the primary skilled dancer to check optimistic this season. In week two, Daniella Karagach examined optimistic for COVID-19 and needed to sit on the sidelines whereas her associate, Joseph Baena competed with troupe member Alexis Warr.

“She is totally asymptomatic and is self-quarantining,” a spokesperson for the Disney+ competitors collection instructed Us Weekly in a press release on September 26. “Everybody who has been in shut contact along with her has examined detrimental.”

Karagach finally returned to the competitors to bop with the skilled bodybuilder, however the pair have been the fifth staff to be eradicated.