Artem Chigvintsev is returning to the ballroom for season 29 of Dancing with the Stars!
Chigvintsev will be the 15th professional dancer to compete on season 29 of Dancing with the Stars. “Last season watching from the sidelines really made me realize how much I miss the show,” Chigvintsev said on Good Morning America on Monday.
He also assured, “I’ve been working out every single day trying to get back into my dancing shape … by the premiere, I’ll be top-notch.”
The exciting news that Artem will be returning to the show comes less than a month after the dancing pro welcomed his first child with fiancée Nikki Bella, whom he met when they were partnered up on Dancing with the Stars in 2017.
Chigvintsev was previously let go from the cast for season 28 of the show after having been a part of the professional dancer cast since 2014. “It was a massive shock,” he said during an episode of Bella’s podcast last year. “Getting let go three days before an announcement, that’s like a punch in the stomach, really,” he added. “It’s like going through a breakup after 10 years.”
Chigvintsev’s casting for season 29 came just one week after it was announced that dancing pros Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Val Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke, Keo Motsepe, Jenna Johnson, Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Sasha Farber, Pasha Pashkov, Emma Slater and Gleb Savchenko would all be returning.
Two first-time pro dancers will also be joining the cast for season 29: Britt Stewart and Daniella Karagach.
Dancing with the Stars season 29 premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.