The pro and former Mirror Ball trophy winner is returning to the ballroom this fall
Hold onto your Danskins, DWTS fans: have we’ve got news for you!
EW has learned Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return for the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars. A source says the 36-year-old fan favorite and one-time Mirror Ball Trophy winner from 2014 will rejoin his brother Val in the ballroom for a little brotherly competition when the show returns Sept. 12 on ABC.
ABC doesn’t like to confirm pairings before the official announcement. (This year, it’s scheduled for Aug. 30). But Amber Rose tweeted a photo Wednesday that suggests Chmerkovskiy is returning — and that she’ll be his partner.
Though he indicated a desire to hang up his dancing shoes a few years back, Chmerkovskiy has since returned to the ballroom to guest judge in seasons 21 and 22. He and DWTS pro Peta Murgatroyd are expecting their first child in January.
Other pros have already been announced for the 23rd season. Besides Val Chmerkovskiy, expect Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Allison Holker, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, and Gleb Savchenko to hit the stage next month.
There are also rumors Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte could join the action this fall.