'Dancing With the Stars' Pros Revealed With 3 Shocking Absences

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There is huge news coming out about who will be on Dancing With the Stars season 20, which is also their 10th anniversary. Ten years? Time sure flies when you've got dancing shoes on. We've learned which DWTS pros are returning this season, and there are three shocking departures that have hit me as hard as when Maks left.


First, let's talk about who is returning.

Newbie (and who quickly became one of my favorites) Allison Holker is back, along with many familiar faces and most notably the last Mirrorball winner Witney Carson. Joining them are Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and Val Chmerkovskiy. Phew -- I need more Val. I miss him. Returning is Kym Johnson who has been away judging DWTS Australia. 

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By now, you've probably gotten over your excitement about Val confirmed back in his tight pants and no shirt, dancing for our viewing pleasure, and have realized who is missing from this list. Derek Hough. Cheryl Burke. Karina Smirnoff. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Maybe Cheryl and Derek are just taking a break to be judges on DWTS the Moon or something. Well, really, Cheryl did share that she was finished after last season because she wants to be taught something, she wants to learn, not just to teach. I was hoping she would change her mind. (I'll miss you, Cheryl!) Derek? Please change your mind. But Karina is dunzo because she wants to work on her author career. What a shame those amazing legs will no longer be cha cha cha-ing. Karina spilled the beans on her Instagram:

Many of you have been asking if I will be back for season 20 of DWTS and I wanted all of my incredible family to hear it directly from me. After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors including adding author to my resume. I have absolutely loved dancing for all of you for all these years and feel blessed to have been given a platform to put my passion for dance, choreography, and creativity on display. DWTS has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years and I will always have a special place in my heart for it.

We barely saw Karina last season -- she was eliminated in week three with her partner Randy Couture. I'll miss her. I'll miss Derek. I'll miss Cheryl. I am in a bit of shock. DWTS is adding two more pros to the lineup and they are going to announce that in the coming weeks. Then we get the stars lineup! But we have to wait until March 16 for the premiere.

What do you think of Karina, Cheryl, and Derek leaving DWTS?


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