Val Chmerkovskiy on Challenges of His, Jenna Johnson’s ‘DWTS’ Returns

Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson discovered love within the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, however competing in opposition to one another has its challenges.

“We assist one another, however we type of vent to 1 one other as nicely. So, it may very well be difficult,” Val, 37, completely informed Us Weekly on Wednesday, September 13, of Jenna, 29. “It’s like you might be residing the stress of two {couples} as a result of, clearly, we might have an awesome evening and I’ll be very completely satisfied, but when she and [Tyson] have a foul evening, it’s going to be a tricky place to be celebrating in.”

The DWTS season 32 forged was introduced on Wednesday. Val is paired up with Marvel actress Xochitl Gomez, whereas Jenna will carry out with mannequin Tyson Beckford.

Val is hoping for a repeat journey to the finale — he completed in second place with former Bachelorette Gabby Windey on season 31 final 12 months — and Jenna is coming again to the present after maternity depart. She introduced her being pregnant in July 2022, giving start to the couple’s son, Rome, in January.

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Whereas Val beforehand teased to Us in Might that Jenna was itching to return for season 32, they’re attempting to foster a work-life stability.

“[Parenting is] our frequent floor and we’ve talked about being higher this season [with] leaving work at work and ensuring that once we get dwelling, we’re centered on our boy and simply our life,” Val mentioned on Wednesday, gushing that Rome is hitting large milestones. “He’s sitting up. That’s an enormous deal [because he’s able to] maintain that large head up.”

Val Chmerkovskiy on Challenges of His Jenna Johnson DWTS Return
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In accordance with Val, Rome has already began to comply with in his dad and mom’ dancing footsteps. “We’ve got this [bouncer] the place he jumps in it, so we placed on music [and] he likes to see us dance,” he informed Us. “He glows once we’re transferring round. These little issues have been so enjoyable, so treasured.”

Val can also be smitten by instructing Xochitl, 17, tips on how to dance. “I used to be excited that she does all these stunts,” he famous, referring to her function as America Chavez in Physician Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity. “I used to be like, ‘OK, she is acquainted with physicality,’ so I used to be enthusiastic about it.”

Val Chmerkovskiy on Challenges of His Jenna Johnson DWTS Return

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The choreographer has already discovered that Xochitl “works exhausting” within the rehearsal studio, telling Us that his accomplice is “very disciplined” in her coaching.

“I’m having a blast!” Xochitl chimed in when requested what it’s like studying from the two-time mirrorball champ. “[Rehearsals have] been actually enjoyable. I’ve actually appreciated type of doing the work after which incomes one thing out of it.”

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She continued: “I imply, I discovered him to be trainer, precisely what a trainer ought to be.”

DWTS premieres on ABC and Disney+ on Tuesday, September 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi