When "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres Sept. 15 on ABC, reigning show champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be part of the cast of pro dancers, according to statements the tall Ukrainian heartthrob made during the July 29 episode of "The View." Chmerkovskiy did not, however, rule out the possibility that he may return to the hit reality dance competition as a judge alongside mainstays Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
After spilling the beans that he was "done dancing" as a show pro, he assured fans that he "loved the experience" but wanted to give other rising talents, including his younger brother Val, the chance to work with celebrity partners. Recent seasons have seen the addition of a number of new professionals to the "DWTS" mix, including "So You Think You Can Dance" alums Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, and Jenna Johnson, among others.
Chmerkovskiy ends his time as a "DWTS" pro on a sky high note. He and Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis used phenomenal chemistry and a series of artful routines to win the season 18 mirror ball trophy over runners-up Derek Hough and Amy Purdy. The victory was his sole win over 14 seasons as a pro coach. He came close on four other occasions, finishing second with Spice Girl Mel B and "Cheers" actress Kirstie Alley, and third alongside boxer Laila Ali and sports sideline reporter and "DWTS" show host Erin Andrews.
As of press time, little else about the show's upcoming 19th season is known, but that's all likely to change on Sept. 4, according to a July 29 tweet by spoiler source DWTSGossip that read "Rumor has it ... They'll announce the new cast of #dwts 9/4." The only potential rumored celebrity contestant whose candidacy seems legitimate is country/pop crossover star Shania Twain, whose long-time Las Vegas show recently came to an end.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 begins Sept. 15 on ABC with an all-new cast of mirror ball trophy hopefuls. Keep watching for casting rumors and speculation.