Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd Return to ‘Dancing With the Stars’

The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on March 20, 2017, exactly one week after the finale of The Bachelor. This morning, Good Morning America had a major announcement in regards to the new season.

New parents Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are actually returning to the cast for this season, despite previously saying they were taking time off to be with their new baby boy.

When asked about how life on the show will be different post-baby, Murgatroyd said she believes it will take some time to get back to the fitness she had prior to being pregnant. She also said she’s going to take things slow and be sure that she is healthy. As for Chmerkovskiy, he says he’s excited that they are both going to be participating on the show because last time they were in the cast together, he won the season.

Chmerkovskiy was asked if his pro brother Val ever helps with the baby and he jokingly scoffed at the question, exclaiming, “No!” He then said his brother would probably use the baby to try to lure in women. The couple’s new son is named Shai.

On March 1, 2017, the new cast of Dancing With the Stars will be officially announced on Good Morning America.