TV Watch Dancing with the Stars
It reads like a juicy tell-all.
Dancing with the Stars announced which pros will return for season 20 on Wednesday – and one who notably will not.
Last season's champion Witney Carson returns alongside fan favorite (and two-time champion) Mark Ballas. Seasoned pros and fellow mirrorball winners Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson are back in the mix. Newer pros including Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Allison Holker, Emma Slater and Artem Chigvintsev were also confirmed to return.
Noticeably absent, Karina Smirnoff – a pro since season 3 and the season 12 champion – posted on Instagram Tuesday night that she would not be returning for season 20: "I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors."
The 10th anniversary of Dancing with the Stars will have two serious absentees, but the show can and must go on.
Executive Producer Rob Wade told PEOPLE that the departure of Cheryl Burke to NBC and Derek Hough's show at New York's Radio City Music Hall shouldn't change the dynamic of show that will return to ABC for a 20th season in March.
"There is still a huge amount of fan favorites we can bring back," said Wade, who's reached out to Anna Trebunskaya, Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Louis van Amstel, among others, about returning this season.
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Hold on to your sequins, Dancing with the Stars fans: two-time mirror ball trophy winner Cheryl Burke is quick-stepping over to a new network!
PEOPLE has learned exclusively that Burke, whose contract just expired on the ABC show, will star in a new project for NBC in 2015.
Burke, 30, will be one of several stars on a new variety show. The network isn't ready to reveal the title now, but insiders promise the show will have a competitive element and that Burke will perform.