As season 16 of the popular celebrity reality show “Dancing with the Stars” approaches, rumors of departing cast members surge. The latest involves Australian darling, professional dancer Kym Johnson according to a Feb 11 report on Wetpaint.
The two-time champ has been participating in Celebrity Apprentice Australia which has the potential to render her unavailable for season 16. Wetpaint cites a recent interview with AAP in which Kym alludes to being ready to hang up her dancing shoes on a more permanent basis, though.
Here’s what Kym had to say on the matter:
"It'd be great to finish that up [Dancing with the Stars] I'm doing this [Celebrity Apprentice] because it's nice to be home and I'm thinking about hanging up the dance shoes. I'd love to do other things. I want to be able to go between Australia and the States a little bit more because I really miss my family."
The 36 year old dancer began studying ballroom moves at the age of thirteen. Her “Dancing with the Stars” career began with the Australian version. She appeared as a professional partner in seasons one through three in 2004 and 2005. She joined the U.S. show for season 3 in 2006 and has appeared ever since except for season 10. She has won 3 championships during h the show – for season 2 in Australia with television presenter Tom Williams and in the U.S. in season 9 with Donny Osmond and in season 12 with Hines Ward.
Other pros who have hinted at taking a break include Derek Hough, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke.
It is understandable that Kym would want to spend more time at home with her family. Do you think the show will be the same without the perky little blonde from Down Under?
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