‘Dancing With The Stars’: Artem Chigvintsev Officially Returning As A Pro For Season 29

It’s official: Artem Chigvintsev is returning to “Dancing With the Stars” for the upcoming 29th season!

ABC confirmed the dancer’s pro casting on Monday’s “Good Morning America”, after the show teased that a surprise announcement was coming via Twitter last Friday.

Chigvintsev‘s casting announcement comes just a few weeks after he welcomed his first child, a baby boy, with fiancée Nikki Bella.

“Last season watching from the sidelines really makes me realize how much I really miss the show, miss performing live,” Chigvintsev said on “GMA”. “I just can’t wait to get back. I want to dedicate this season to my little boy.”

As for how his son is doing, the new dad quipped, “I really feel bad for Nicole because he’s a really good eater.”

In all seriousness, he mused, “I am obsessed and just didn’t know I had so much love to give. It is just incredible.”

That being said, Chigvintsev admitted that he and Bella aren’t getting much sleep these days. “It has been kind of challenging. He has been waking up every 1.5 hours.”

This will mark Chigvintsev‘s long-awaited return to the ballroom after he and fellow fan-favourite dancer Sharna Burgess were cut from the pro lineup last year. Burgess will also be competing for the mirrorball this season, along with previously announced pros Alan Bersten, Gleb Savchenko, Peta Murgatroyd, Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Brandon Armstrong, Keo Motsepe, Cheryl Burke, Pasha Pashkov, Britt Stewart and Daniella Karagach.

Prior to the big announcement, Bella opened up about the possibility of Chigvintsev returning to the dance competition show during a recent episode on her “Total Bellas” podcast,

“People really missed his presence and he’s just an incredible dancer and he’s always an incredible partner too,” gushed Bella, who was paired with Chigvintsev during the show’s 25th season. “He truly knows how to showcase the celebrity and he’s an incredible choreographer.”

“I’m praying and hoping that he’s back this season. Even for him, I just know how much he misses dancing and I know he would love to be back on the show,” she added. “It would just be fun to experience it now as his fiancée because I’ve danced with him.”

Bella continued on, asking listeners, “Would I get jealous? Would I not?”

“Honestly, at this point, I want him to get [the job] so bad that I feel like I wouldn’t,” she admitted. “I would be turned on. I want to see my man dance again! I love it. I need to see those hips move and roll!”

“Dancing With the Stars” returns Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. In the meantime, here’s everything we know (so far!) about the all-new season.

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