Maksim Chmerkovskiy returning to 'Dancing With the Stars' season 23
Maksim Chmerkovskiy will vie for the coveted mirror ball trophy once again.
The 36-year-old pro dancer, who is expecting his first child with fiancee Peta Murgatroyd, confirmed on Friday's Good Morning America that he will be returning to Dancing With the Stars for season 23 of the ABC reality competition series. His announcement comes just days after he was spotted at a photo shoot with the cast of the show.
Chmerkovskiy has not competed on DWTS since 2014, when he won the season 18 mirror ball trophy with partner Meryl Davis.
Back then, he told ET that he had no intention of competing on the show again. "I don't think so," Chmerkovskiy said when asked if he would be returning the following season. "This is exhausting. It has nothing to do with money. The first thing that I did after hugging her [Meryl] ... was come up to Derek [Hough] and I was like, 'Dude, I don't know how you do it.' He did it five times. I have no idea."
Chmerkovskiy's younger brother, Val, is one of the nine pros that have also been announced for the new season, which also include Emma Slater, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko and Allison Holker.
As for the celebrities competing this season, ET has learned that in addition to Amber Rose, The Fosters star Jake T. Austin is "100 percent" ready to hit the dance floor, as well as General Hospital's Emma Samms.
However, fans won't get the official word until the full cast is revealed on Aug. 30, on GMA. Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.