"Dancing with the Stars" pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are returning to the show next season, the couple announced reside these days on "Excellent Morning America."
"I am certainly a tiny bit nervous but I am really excited to get back. I have unquestionably missed the dance floor,” Murgatroyd stated. "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 companion, 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 just after providing birth to the couple’s initial child, a child boy named Shai, in January. The new mom mentioned she plans to “take it gradually.”
“I just want to be healthful. It’s going to take a little bit longer, I feel, to get back up to the fitness I was carrying out and had ahead of,” she mentioned. “I believe it is going to be OK. I am going to take it slowly and hopefully I have an amazing 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 last time we had been together on the exact same season, I won,” he said. “I don’t care how many [mirror ball trophies] she has. We’ll see what happens.”
The couple initial opened up about life as new parents in an interview with "GMA" that aired final week. Murgatroyd mentioned that she has observed a adjust in Chmerkovskiy because becoming a dad.
"I consider he's just much more serene, a lot more calm. He's a dad now," she said. "I mean, we have these massive responsibilities now hanging over our heads and I believe it is just, it really sinks in when you see your youngster for the very first time."
Chmerkovskiy said that Murgatroyd was an "awesome" mother adding that he was a bit nervous about becoming a initial-time parent.
"It is quite scary," he stated. "I locate myself sort of portraying like, 'I got this,' and then on the inside I am like, 'I do not got this. I never got this.'"
The couple explained that Shai's name implies "present" in Hebrew. "Every single time somebody comes more than, you sort of share him with somebody else," Chmerkovskiy said.
These days, Chmerkoyskiy said he is smitten with his son and that being away from him to compete on the show will be challenging.
"I was usually wanting to have kids and in no way believed it would be like this. You can not just stop staring at this tiny person,” he mentioned. “This is the only challenging part about coming back on the show this time simply because it will take time away from being 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 made them each "significantly less selfish."
The most recent season of "Dancing With the Stars" will premiere on March 20 on ABC. The newest challenge of Us Weekly hits newsstands nationwide on Wednesday.
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