"Dancing With the Stars" may have to move on next season without one of its most popular dancers.
Longtime dancer Mark Ballas may bow out of season 23 -- yes, we've done this 22 times now -- because of back issues. Still, the show isn't expected to come back until the fall, so Ballas told People he's still not sure what he'll do.
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He told the outlet: "I'm not sure yet. This one just finished and my back still hurts. Thinking that far ahead is kind of ... you know, it's hard."
Ballas also has a wedding to think about after his engagement to longtime Alexander Jean bandmate BC Jean.
After so many seasons, ABC's hit show isn't exactly knownfor bringing in A-listersto compete, but it has launched the careers of its premier dancers like Ballas, the Hough siblings and the Chmerkovskiy brothers. So losing Ballas for a season could hurt.
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"Dancing With the Stars'" ratings also hit a record low for its season debut this past March, but it still drew enough viewers to win its time slot.
Ballas has twice won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy -- once in season 6 with partner Kristi Yamaguchi, and again in Season 8 with Shawn Johnson. In this most recent season, Ballas and mixed martial arts fighter Paige VanZant came close, finishing as runner-up to Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd.
ABC hasn't yet released the list of contestants for season 23, which is expected to debut in September.