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September 03, 2018

'DWTS' returns for its 27th season announcing new cast of pros

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The cast of pros competing on "Dancing With the Stars'" upcoming 27th season has finally been announced.

On August 28, the official Instagram account for ABC's hit television series "Dancing With the Stars" has revealed the professional dancers heading to the ballroom.

The full list of pros includes Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, who announced their engagement in June.

Johnson won the Mirror Ball Trophy during the show's recent all-athletes season with partner Adam Rippon. She will return to the show as the defending champion.

Two-time “DWTS” champion Cheryl Burke will also return to dance for the Mirrorball Trophy.

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Other returning pros include Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Alan Bersten, and Witney Carson.

After serving in the show's troupe, Brandon Armstrong will also be joining his fellow professionals.

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"Y’all I’m beyond and excited to be joining these amazing line up of pros and compete for a mirror ball!" he wrote on Instagram.

Noticeably missing from this year's lineup are Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, who last competed in Season 25 with Vanessa and Nick Lachey, respectively.

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The power couple stepped out last season due to their show, Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential.

According to Pop Culture, their absence this season may be because of the possibility that they are planning to expand their family.

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In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Murgatroyd revealed that she's ready for a second child with her husband Chmerkovskiy.

"Maybe in the next six months," said Murgatroyd. "I think that would be a healthy, good time for us."

Chmerkovskiy then chimed in, saying that he's also ready "thinking about baby No. 3 and No. 4!"

The pair is already parents to one-year-old son Shai.

"DWTS" hasn't yet revealed this season's celebrity contestants. Season 27 of the show will premiere on Monday, September 24, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.

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