Beloved 'DWTS' pro hints he's not returning for the next season, explains his reasoning
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has hinted that he might not be returning to the dance show. In a statement, he said that he just wasn’t feeling it anymore.
He did, however, clarify that he didn’t want to leave the show completely. Chmerkovskiy shared that if Dancing With The Stars took him on as a judge, he would stay according to Entertainment Daily.
Chmerkovskiy, 37, said he just didn't see himself returning as a dancer because he had "other interests at the moment." In a recent interview with Mass Live, the star shared that he was at a different point in his life.
But he admitted that he would be open to becoming a judge on the show if they would have him. During his time on DWTS, Chmerkovskiy has been a guest judge three times.
He was a judge during the semifinals in season 17, during week 5 of season 21, and week 5 of season 22. "That's my thing. That's my medium (and) that's what I know," the star stated about being a judge.
He shared about judging that he knew exactly what he was looking at, what he wanted it to be, and exactly how to influence someone to do better in that genre.
"I love the show, but I just don’t think I can do the show as a professional dancer at 100 percent and give it my all anymore."
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mass Live, April 4, 2018
Chmerkovskiy said if he got offered the role he would "gladly accept it." But he added that if he wasn’t there were other opportunities for him.
Currently, the star is busy with his tour commitments as well as focusing on his wife Peta Murgatroyd and their one-year-old son Shai. Peta, Maks, and his brother Val Chmerkovskiy are currently touring the US on their 2018 tour.
The tour is called Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential. Season 26 of Dancing With The Stars is just weeks away.
The season is set to be a special all-athlete edition and will premiere on April 30, 2018. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are all set to return.
The hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are also going to return.