It has just been announced which 12 pro dancers will be competing on season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)." As reported by OK! Magazine on Wednesday, August 13, one of the surprising names left off the list is Sharna Burgess, who was partnered with Olympic figure skater Charlie White for the previous season.
Sharna and Charlie reached the semifinals last season but apparently that wasn't enough for producers to bring her back. It seems that it wasn't Sharna's decision to not compete in the new season. However, she at least has the support of her fans to get her through the disappointment. Right after the news broke, Sharna took to Twitter to thank her fans. She tweeted that she's feeling a lot of love right now and that everyone's words mean a lot to her. She added that she loves all of her fans back.
Sharna Burgess' tweet received a lot of replies from her fans. Many expressed disappointment and shock that she was left out. Many also expressed hope that they'll see her in season 20 and encouraged her to pursue other projects. One even wrote that she should do "Strictly Come Dancing," the British version of "DWTS," with Tristan MacManus, another pro who was left off the roster.
Another pro who won't be returning is Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Unlike Sharna's, Maksim's absence isn't surprising since he has stated that he doesn't want to be on the show as a dancer anymore because he doesn't think he can dance with anyone else the way he danced with Olympic figure skater Meryl White, with whom he finally won the competition.
While Maks didn't say anything about the announcement, he did retweet someone else's tweet that welcomed Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, and newcomer Artem Chigvintsev to the new season. Clearly, Maks still has a lot of love for the show.
Perhaps Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return to "Dancing with the Stars" as a judge, if not as a permanent judge then at least as a guest judge? Returning pro dancer Cheryl Burke recently said that judge Len Goodman will probably miss a few shows in the upcoming season because of the long commute, going between London and Los Angeles, that he does. Maks has served as a guest judge on the show before and his fans are likely hoping that he'll get the chance to do so again.