Mark Ballas Returns to ‘DWTS’ for Season 31 After 5-Year Hiatus

Come back, king! Mark BallasYou will be back on the dance floor once more Dancing With the StarsHe was a five-year old when he left the show following season 25.

ABC announced that the 36-year-old professional dancer will be making his return to the competition in season 31.

The Texas native has partnered up with TikTok star Charli D’AmelioWho will make her happy? DWTSWhen the season premieres on Disney+, September 19, it will be debut. Charli’s mom, Heidi D’AmelioAlong with her partner,,, will also be showing off their moves in the ballroom. Artem Chigvintsev.

All are welcome to join the ride DWTSMainstays include Cheryl Burke, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha FarberAnd Witney Carson. The show’s inaugural season on the streaming service will also see A-listers including Selma Blair, Teresa Giudice, Bachelorette Gabby Windey, Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino, Wayne BradyMore people are competing for a chance at a mirrorball trophy.

Prior to leaving the show in 2017, Ballas starred on 19 seasons of the fan-favorite reality show, winning the coveted mirrorball trophy twice — both times with Olympians as partners. Alexander Jean was first to win the title with Olympic figure skater, Kristi YamaguchiTwo years later, she won the top prize with Olympic gymnast. Shawn JohnsonBy his side. He was last paired up with an electric violinist Lindsey StirlingThe duo finished second in the season 25 finale.

Ballas’ long-awaited return comes on the heels of multiple DWTSPros reveal that they are taking a step back for season 31.

Last month Sharna BurgessAnd Lindsay ArnoldEach dancer stated that they would not compete on the upcoming season. They also cited their families as the reason they chose to leave this competition.

“I wanted to let you all know that I have decided not to be a part of Dancing With the Stars this season,” Arnold, 28, shared via Instagram at the time, calling the choice “one of the hardest decisions to make.”

“Ultimately, I have chosen what I feel is best for myself and my family,” she added, noting that she and husband Sam Cusick, with whom she shares 2-year-old daughter Sage, plan to “grow” their family.

Burgess was happy to welcome Zane, her first baby, with her husband. Brian Austin GreenIn June. Last month, the 37-year-old Australia native explained that part of the reason she opted not to return to the ballroom was because she “was not ready to spend, at minimum, 10 hours a day away from Zane,” she said in her Instagram Story video.

Still, the new mom “will be there in some capacity,” she teased at the time, adding, “We’re still talking about that.”

Season 31 of Dancing With the StarsDisney+ premieres September 19th, at 8 p.m. ET.