Dancing With The Stars has featured a revolving lineup of professional dancers along with its contestants over the years. Still, there are a few professional dancers who have become household names, including Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas and more. It’s a shock when one of the show’s favorites decides to leave, which is why we aren’t particularly pleased about Burke’s latest announcement. This week on Good Morning America, Burke confessed that Season 19 will probably be her last.
Burke has hit the dirty thirty this year, and she feels it is time to start looking elsewhere for professional development and opportunities.
"As of now, this is probably going to be my last season. I started when I was 20. I'm 30. I feel like I just want to try new things and just see what's out there."
The Dancing With The Stars professional had success early out of the gate, winning Mirrorball trophies with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith during Season 2 and Season 3. In the time since, she has come close to trophies on several occasions, recently doing well with Jack Osbourne and Rob Kardashian, but she hasn’t nabbed the elusive Mirrorball trophy again. Obviously, getting to choreograph on Dancing With The Stars is about much more than winning, but it would be a frustrating to make it to the final night 7 times and only have two wins out of those 7. The competition on ABC’s series is fierce and probably exhausting, and if there are other creative gigs out there for the dancer, I could see wanting to give those a shot.
This season, Burke has been partnered with model and soap opera actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr. Out of the gate, the two scored neither poorly nor great, nabbing a 25 for their first dance, a cha-cha-cha. If Season 19 is going to be Cheryl’s last, I’d like to see her crush it on the dance floor with the actor, but that possibility is not looking great at the moment. At least she and her partner were not eliminated in the first round like Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe.
Whether or not Burke has any incredible moments during Season 19, she’s certainly left a lasting impression on the series, including the freestyle she and Lachey put together to the tune of "Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy" years ago, the cute freestyle she accomplished with Osbourne more recently and a few more. You can check out her awesome choreography skills, below.
Season 19 may be Burke’s last, but if you are a fan of the professional dancer, you can catch her in action when Dancing With The Stars airs on ABC on Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET.