Artem Chigvintsev & Sharna Burgess Post Touching Farewell Messages to DWTS Fans
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.
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.
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.
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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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners... thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! 💋 #dwts
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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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! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today. Special thank you goes to all the people behind the camera who work extremely hard to not only impress our fans but to make our pro dancer’s visions come to life. What I will miss the most is working along side my coworkers, the heroes of the show. I want to wish them and their new celebrity partners the best of luck this season! I want you all to make it better than it ever was before! Because our DWTS Fans, who mean SO much to me, want DWTS to continue going strong for many, many years to come. To all the fans, I want to thank you SO much for supporting me all these years! I simply couldn’t have done it without you! Without your love! Without your connection! And most importantly without your support! You all have no idea how much I will miss you all this season! I’m already missing you all so much! Even though this is so hard on me, I will be DWTS #1 fan, cheering you all on every Monday night! Good luck to everyone on Seasons 28! With lots of Love Artem ￼ #dwts @dancingabc
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.
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.