Mark Ballas isn't sure he'll return for 'DWTS' season 23 after injury

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Mark Ballas Isn't Sure He'll Return for 'DWTS' Season 23 After Injury

"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 - 'Episodes 2210A' - It's the closest race ever with some of the best dancing celebrities have ever pulled off. Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, and Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas have one last night of competitive dancing, vying to win the judges' and America's votes to be crowned the 'Dancing with the Stars' champion, culminating an incredible season, announced live TUESDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) PAIGE VANZANT, MARK BALLAS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episodes 2210' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) MARK BALLAS, PAIGE VANZANT
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episodes 2210' - After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 23 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) MARK BALLAS, PAIGE VANZANT
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: BC Jean and Mark Ballas of Alexander Jean attend Los Angeles GRAMMY Showcase at The Fonda Theatre on May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Mark Ballas is seen on April 24, 2016 arriving to rehearsals for 'Dancing with the Stars' in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: (L-R) UFC strawweight Paige VanZant, TV personality Mark Ballas and his fiance BC Jean in attendance at UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Alexa PenaVega (L) and dancer/TV personality Mark Ballas attend ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' photo op at CBS Studios on September 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke attend a private event at Hyde Staples Center hosted by Tommy Bahama during the Taylor Swift concert on August 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Tommy Bahama)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Mark Ballas and Willow Shields arrives at the 10th Anniversary Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Party at Greystone Manor on April 21, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL - The pop culture phenomenon that has brought ballroom dancing and beyond to living rooms across America for the past decade celebrates with a star-studded spectacular, on 'Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special,' TUESDAY APRIL 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The extraordinary episode was filled with show-stopping performances featuring past and present 'Dancing with the Stars' cast members and pro dancers plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons. Dancing history was made with the show's largest opening number ever, featuring over 45 stars including the judges, hosts, and Season 20 pro dancers performing alongside 15 celebrity alums and seven returning pros. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CENTER: MARK BALLAS, KATHERINE JENKINS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2006' - 'Dancing with the Stars' brought the beach to the ballroom on 'Spring Break Night' with all-new celebrity performances MONDAY, APRIL 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The eight remaining couples celebrated the season with individual routines to a variety of spring break inspired songs plus a competitive team dance performance. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) MARK BALLAS, WILLOW SHIELDS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2005' - 'Dancing with the Stars' marked the halfway point of the competition with its biggest show yet, 'Disney Night,' with all new celebrity performances MONDAY, APRIL 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show began with an opening number featuring all your favorite live action and animated Disney characters dancing with the entire cast. Each couple then performed to songs from Walt Disney Animation Studios films. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) WILLOW SHIELDS, MARK BALLAS
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Musicians Mark Ballas (L) and BC Jean of Alexander Jean perform at the BMI Snowball presented by Canada Goose during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Festival Base Camp on January 27, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randall Michelson/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
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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.

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