After declaring in 2014 that he was “done” with ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” professional ballroom dancer and longtime series mainstay Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be returning to compete in next month’s season 23.
“I feel great,” Chmerkovskiy, 36, said Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which announced nine of the pro dancers participating in the upcoming season of the celebrity competition. “I just wanted this to continue, the feeling, the positivity, so much love out there,” he added.
Chmerkovskiy joined “DWTS” in season 2 and sat out seasons 6, 16 and 17 — returning in 2014 to win season 18, partnered with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis. He returned last season for one week as a guest judge.
The other pro dancers announced Thursday are Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Maksim’s younger brother), Sasha Farber, Allison Holker and Gleb Savchenko. The remainder, and their 13 celebrity dance partners, will be announced on Tuesday’s “GMA.”
Sitting out this season will be Chmerkovskiy’s expectant fiancee, Peta Murgatroyd, 30, who won season 22 alongside deaf model Nyle DiMarco.
The new season premieres Sept. 12.