"Dancing with the Stars" pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are returning to the show next season, the couple announced live currently on "Good Morning America."
"I am certainly a little bit nervous but I am quite excited to get back. I have undoubtedly missed the dance floor,” Murgatroyd mentioned. "I haven’t been able to defend my title with Nyle [DiMarco], so I want to get back out there."
In 2016, Murgatroyd won season 22 with her partner, model/actor Nyle DiMarco, beating out ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee to take the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Murgatroyd’s season 24 return comes just months following providing birth to the couple’s initially child, a child boy named Shai, in January. The new mom stated she plans to “take it slowly.”
“I just want to be healthier. It is going to take a tiny bit longer, I consider, to get back up to the fitness I was undertaking and had before,” she mentioned. “I believe it’s going to be OK. I am going to take it slowly and hopefully I have an great partner to go through this with.”
Murgatroyd, 30, and Chmerkovskiy, 37, have had a friendly rivalry on the dance floor more than the years.
“I do not know if everyone remembers the history, but final time we were collectively on the same season, I won,” he stated. “I don’t care how quite a few [mirror ball trophies] she has. We’ll see what takes place.”
The couple very first opened up about life as new parents in an interview with "GMA" that aired last week. Murgatroyd stated that she has noticed a modify in Chmerkovskiy due to the fact becoming a dad.
"I feel he's just more serene, a lot more calm. He's a dad now," she said. "I imply, we have these huge responsibilities now hanging over our heads and I feel it really is just, it genuinely sinks in when you see your child for the initially time."
Chmerkovskiy said that Murgatroyd was an "incredible" mother adding that he was a bit nervous about becoming a first-time parent.
"It is really scary," he stated. "I find myself sort of portraying like, 'I got this,' and then on the inside I'm like, 'I do not got this. I never got this.'"
The couple explained that Shai's name means "gift" in Hebrew. "Just about every time somebody comes over, you type of share him with somebody else," Chmerkovskiy stated.
Now, Chmerkoyskiy said he is smitten with his son and that getting away from him to compete on the show will be challenging.
"I was usually wanting to have children and by no means believed it would be like this. You can not just quit staring at this tiny individual,” he stated. “This is the only complicated component about coming back on the show this time due to the fact it will take time away from getting with this dude.”
The "DWTS" veterans also sat down with Us Weekly magazine to talk about their return to the show, telling the magazine that parenting produced them both "significantly less selfish."
The most recent season of "Dancing With the Stars" will premiere on March 20 on ABC. The most current issue of Us Weekly hits newsstands nationwide on Wednesday.
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