She’s Back! Peta Murgatroyd is returning to ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Welcome back! Peta Murgatroyd will officially be part of the Dancing With the Stars season 28 cast after two season off.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement,” Murgatroyd, 33, tells Us Weekly exclusively about her return. “I’m excited and happy to be back with my family. Honestly, I just missed everybody so much! As a lot of people know, it’s such a close and tight-knit family, so I’m just happy to be back with everybody.”

Murgatroyd joined Dancing With the Stars in 2011 and competed for 11 seasons, winning seasons 14 and 22 with partners Donald Driver and Nyle DiMarco, respectively. She married pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in July 2017. The couple share son Shai, 2. They both decided to step away from the show to focus on being parents. However, she never completely closed that door.

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Peta Murgatroyd out and about
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Peta Murgatroyd attends sbe celebrates the grand re-opening and debut of Cleo Hollywood at Cleo Hollywood on June 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Peta Murgatroyd attends sbe celebrates the grand re-opening and debut of Cleo Hollywood at Cleo Hollywood on June 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his wife Peta Murgatroyd attend the 26th annual Race to Erase MS on May 10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Peta Murgatroyd attends Lapalme Magazine's Party For Cover Stars Anthony Anderson And Meagan Good at Sofitel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 16: Peta Murgatroyd attends the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Actress Peta Murgatroyd visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 13, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Dancer Peta Murgatroyd visits Build Brunch to discuss comedy romance film "Faith, Hope & Love" at Build Studio on March 5, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Dancer / TV Personality Peta Murgatroyd attends the launch party for "Dancing With Keo" at The District by Hannah An on October 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd attend the March of Dimes Signatures Chefs Auction Los Angeles on October 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for March Of Dimes)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Dancer Peta Murgatroyd attends the Shiseido Makeup Launch Party at Quixote Studios on September 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Dancer Peta Murgatroyd attends the Face Forward's 10th Annual "La Dolce Vita" Themed Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on September 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Dancer Peta Murgatroyd poses backstage at the Badgley-Mischka Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Peta Murgatroyd attends the Fashion Palette front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on September 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Fashion Palette)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: Peta Murgatroyd arrives for Victoria Arlen hosts "Locked In" book launch and screening at Cinematic Pictures Group Gallery on August 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 15: Dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy (L) and Peta Murgatroyd attend the 2018 Industry Dance Awards at Avalon Hollywood on August 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/FilmMagic)
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“I definitely wanted this to happen. I hoped that I could make this work for a couple of months now and was praying and hoping that it would all align,” she tells Us. “It was the perfect time for my family. Maks has other things going on and Shai is well taken care of and it was just a good time for us.”

While Chmerkovskiy, who competed for 17 seasons and won season 18 with Meryl Davis, is not returning, he is “fired up” for Murgatroyd to be back. And, maybe one day, he will return too.

“I’m sure he would consider it. I think it just has to line up with what he’s doing and what I’m doing and I feel like he still wants to dance,” she says of her 39-year-old husband. “He’s still fit and healthy!”

While the former Burn the Floor dancer is excited to have Chmerkovskiy and her son cheering her on in the crowd, she admits that competing will be much different without him there.

“I’m totally going to miss dancing with him. That’s a big thing in our lives. We love to dance together,” the New Zealand native says. “I think it’s that comfort level of having your best friend with you. I mean, he’s my everything. It definitely won’t be the same, but there are many people on the show who are like family to me, so it’s not like I’m going to be missing out on any love or kindness!”

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Inside Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's wedding
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Inside Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's wedding
I am so in awe of the beauty that Danitte Beegel from @metrofloralevents created for us! The owners, Adrian Benitez and Jose Ramirez, were a dream and completely brought my vision to life for our perfect day! Full blog post on @allthingsfamandglam coming soon. ❤️ // Photos by @jamielevinephotography
O H E K A C A S T L E Thank you isn't enough for this... I am eternally grateful to this magical place. It's rooms, staff, kitchen and grounds are bar none. Every single person went above and beyond to make this the most incredible experience for our guests and for Peta and me. Thank you for making @oheka_castle ours for the weekend, exceeding our expectations and sending us off into the married life in the best way possible. We will never forget this...
L I G H T @greessha aka. Greg The Rabbi aka. Frenchy aka. One of the most important people in mine and @petamurgatroyd life..... We are now bonded for life and we will cherish your words to us forever. Thank you... P.S. thanks @mashkii for finding herself an awesome husband and producing one, super cool ring boy! 📸 @jamielevinephotography #chmergatroydwedding
These incredible women are everything to me. So honored I had them by my side on the most magical day. How gorgeous are they in their @homebodii robes? // Photo by @jamielevinephotography
There were 2 #DWTS weddings yesterday! Congratulations to Dancing couple @petamurgatroyd & @maksimc! #chmergatroydwedding 📸: @tonydovolani
My partners in crime for the weekend! 😉💘#chmergatroydwedding
My awesome dates from this weekend #chmergatroydwedding
They said I organized it all ... even the rainbow after the ceremony, but thats one string I couldn't pull. We just watched as the heavens smiled upon their union. #chmergatroydwedding @maksimc @petamurgatroyd
About last night ... just one more #chmergatroydwedding with @earth2tara . Styled by me- dress: @proenzaschouler / shoes: @aquazzura / handbag: @ysl
I love you so much! You were the most beautiful bride ever and I was honoured to be one of your bridesmaids. 🎊🍾👰💍 @petamurgatroyd #beautifulbride #bridesmaid #chmergatroydwedding
❤️// this moment // ❤️ #fatherdaughterdance #chmergatroydwedding #love #friendshipforever
The night before the wedding my gorgeous girl @petamurgatroyd went Glam! Makeup by #TobiMakeup Hair by @mustafaavci Wearing Syrup Lipstick by @maccosmetics #chmergatroydwedding
#chmergatroydwedding The video at the end. EeeeeeEeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! ❤️
#petamurgatroyd 's #weddingdress by #karensabag @karensabagofficial 👰 #chmergatroydwedding #fashion #fashionblogger #fashionista #fashionable #style #styleblogger #styles #fashionblog #fashionbloggers
Amazing wedding, amazing people. Much love @petamurgatroyd & @maksimc #chmergatroydwedding #areyoukiddingmewiththissunset
Goodnight 🌙 @petamurgatroyd @maksimc #petamurgatroyd #maksimchmerkovskiy #chmergatroydwedding
Peta looked absolutely stunning. #chmergatroydwedding #petamurgatroyd
THE BOSS ❤ @sharnaburgess #sharnaburgess #sharnasquad #chmergatroydwedding #like #dwts
Some pics of Sharna from the wedding of Maks and Peta ❤ i'm so so happy for them and the whole family,it was so beautiful,and stunning,Sharna looking stunning and of course Peta and Maks looking like Queen and King ❤ so so much love !. ~ P 🎉 #sharnaburgess #petamurgatroyd #makschmerkovskiy #valchmerkovsky #rumerwillis #family #wedding #chmergatroydwedding #love #dancingwiththestars #dwts #dwtspros #alanbersten #shaichmerkovskiy #jennajohnson
Because who doesn't love dancing with @iamvalc ❤️🙈#chmergatroydwedding
I love them!! #chmergatroydwedding
Somewhere between rounds of tequila 🥃 #chmergatroydwedding
One of my new brothers... #chmergatroydwedding
#maksandpeta #chmergatroyd wedding @dovolainy oheka castle
My faves! @maksimc @petamurgatroyd #chmergatroydwedding
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The full cast of Dancing With the Stars will be revealed on Good Morning America on Wednesday, August 21.

Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET.

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