Val Chmerkovskiy Is ‘Excited’ for ‘DWTS’ Return

Making a move to the mirrorball! Jenna JohnsonAn update was given on whether the husband had been remarried. Val ChmerkovskiyWe will be back in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom next season — and warned other pros to watch out.

“So, the funny thing is we actually don’t know if we’re coming back until right before the season [starts],” Johnson, 28, told Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, June 27, while promoting Kerasal Athlete’s Foot products. “But yes, I know that Val is definitely excited to come back for another season and I think that he’s in the best shape of his life right now. I’m not sure what happened to him [this year], but he is snatched.”

The So You Think You Can Dance alum gushed over her “chiseled” spouse, who has been feeling “really inspired” to hit the dance floor again. “I’m like a little like, ‘Oh wow, OK. Watch out,’” she teased. “I think he’s really excited for this next season.”


Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy
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Chmerkovskiy, 36, previously hinted in November 2021 that his time on the ABC ballroom competition was “probably” coming to an end after his 17 season run. “I’ve always been very clear about coming back on the show. It is a show I love. I love being on it. I am so grateful for the opportunity,” he told Entertainment TonightAfter he and the season 30 partner Olivia Jade GiannulliThey were eliminated. “I have no regrets about my tenure on the show. I have no regrets regarding the season. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to end it with.”

Maks Chmerkovskiy‘s brother first appeared on DWTSIn season 2, 2006, Val made his competitive debut in season 13. In 2015, Val was partnered with Rumer WillisWith this, they won for the second consecutive year. Laurie Hernandez.

Val shared his thoughts on the future of the series while he was debating it. ET, “There’s no burned bridges, there’s nothing but gratitude, again, with the production, with the show. I hope I’ve served the show and this show has definitely changed my life, so it’s [mutual] love and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

Later that month, the Ukrainian athlete clarified that his love for dance wasn’t going away, whether or not he was paired with a new celeb for season 31. “I don’t think anyone ever imagined that a show about celebrities partnering up with mostly Russian and Mormon ballroom dancers would be a huge hit but it is,” he said during an episode of “The Bellas Podcast” in November 2021. “For some reason, maybe two people coming together and moving as one, it’s something that’s powerful beyond the dance floor and that’s really what I want to champion. So that’s what I’m doing. … I’m just going to continue to preach the gospel of dance.”

With her husband’s DWTS tenure seemingly up in the air, Johnson asserted that she would “support him no matter what” he decided. “I think that he is the best male dancer on the show, and I can say that very confidently and proudly,” she told ET last fall. “I think that there is a lot more that we haven’t seen from him that I would love to see. … I really hope it’s not [the end] because he’s so good at dancing.”

Season 31 of the longtime series doesn’t have an official premiere date yet, but the show is planning some big changes. Instead of watching the show on ABC, viewers will be tuning in to Disney+.

“I’m so excited,” Johnson told UseMonday. “I think change is scary in general, but I think it also ignites a new spark and [brings]This is refreshing energy. … I’m just excited to see where the show goes.”

While preparing for her own ballroom return, the Utah native is helping her feet “thrive” with Kerasal products. “I think that’s a really important part of my daily routine — especially during the season of Dancing With the Stars — is taking care of my body, taking care of my feet, doing a foot soak … anything that’s gonna help,” she explained.

Christina Garibaldi reporting

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