Karina Smirnoff will return to Dancing With the Stars this fall.
A source confirmed the news to Us Weekly, saying that the popular dancing pro will return for the upcoming 21st season. This is good news for fans who were disappointed to hear in February that the pro planned to leave the series after 16 seasons.
“I was a little nervous about not dancing on the show at all last season. I was doing it for the last 10 years,” the dancer-turned-author told Entertainment Weekly of her upcoming return. “I had other things to do in my life, but not going back to the show felt like trying to see if I can walk on my own two feet! I’ve had obvious moments when I missed it.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 18, 2015
In recent months, Smirnoff has been out promoting her book, We’re Just Not That Into You: Dating Disasters from the TrenchesTango Shalom.
Apparently, she was missing the dancing and decided to come back to DWTS.
Karina Smirnoff made her debut on the popular series in 2006 for Season 3, and has since competed with musicians, actors, and athletes such as Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Aaron Carter, Sean Avery, and many more.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 19, 2015
Smirnoff has only won the Mirrorball Trophy once with J.R. Martinez in Season 13, but has placed in second and third place several times over the years.
“After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors including adding author to my resume,” the star, 37, wrote in February when she revealed she was leaving.
Glad to hear Karina Smirnoff is bringing her talent back to Dancing With the Stars.