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Artem Chigvintsev & Sharna Burgess Post Touching Farewell Messages to DWTS Fans

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 23, 2019
01:40 A.M.
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While fans are gearing up for season 28 of “Dancing With the Stars,” two professional dancers have written farewell messages on social media as they both won’t be returning.

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Artem Chigvintsev, 37, and the current “Dancing With The Stars (DWTS)” winner, Sharna Burgess, 34, had their last season of the competition on season 27. The two professional dancers won’t be returning for season 28.

On Wednesday, the show revealed the cast members for the upcoming season. Both Chigvintsev and Burgess took to their respective Instagram accounts to write farewell messages on the same day.

Artem Chigvintsev at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports at Barker Hangar on July 11, 2019 in Santa Monica, California | Photo: Getty Images

Artem Chigvintsev at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports at Barker Hangar on July 11, 2019 in Santa Monica, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Chigvintsev started off his message writing:

“I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS. It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show!”

He shared his appreciation for how “DWTS” had given him recognition as “dancer, choreographer, and a teacher.” The professional dancer recalled all the “beautiful memories” he’d has with his celebrity partners.

Sharna Burgess at the 2019 Industry Dance Awards at Avalon Hollywood on August 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Sharna Burgess at the 2019 Industry Dance Awards at Avalon Hollywood on August 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Chigvintsev ended his post noting how much he would miss his fans during the next season. He vowed to be the show’s number one fan and promised to cheer his former colleagues on “every Monday night!”

He also shared a number of photos from his past performances on “DWTS.” For her part, Burgess also confirmed her departure from the show for the upcoming season.

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She shared that the news was “unbelievably sad” for her. However, she expressed her gratitude for the time she spent on the dancing competition, the people she met, and the talent she was exposed to.

Burgess noted her win from the last season after being on the show for nearly 9 years. She shared that she would miss dancing on television and “seeing” her “DWTS” family.

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The professional dancer revealed that she had prospects that she couldn’t wait to tackle now that she would have the time to do so and promised to share them. She thanked everyone and “all 12 of my partners” on the show.

Just like Chigvintsev, she vowed to tune in and support the people she saw as her family on the show. She ended her post by wishing everyone the best of luck.

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Burgess won her first Mirrorball trophy with DJ Bobby Bones, 39, on the last season. She also shared images from the win and her performances with other celebrities.

“Good Morning America” exclusively revealed that the celebrities who would be joining the upcoming season were Lamar Odom, 39, Hannah Brown, 24, Karamo Brown, 38, Ally Brooke, 26, Christie Brinkley, 65, James Van Der Beek, 42, Kate Flannery, 55, Kel Mitchell, 40, Lauren Alaina, 24, Ray Lewis, 44, Sean Spicer, 47, and Mary Wilson, 75.

“Dancing With the Stars” season 28 will premiere on September 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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