People originally reported that Savchenko would be joining the Swedish version of “Dancing With the Stars.” The outlet mentioned that Savchenko will be a judge on the upcoming season of the show in an article regarding the custody of his children.
UPDATE: Per a statement from Savchenko’s representative obtained via email, he will not be participating in the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” Sweden.
“To clarify, my DWTS tour schedule runs from January 3rd to March 27th, and I have one day off during each week,” Savchenko told Heavy via his representative. “Due to our 50/50 custody split, that means there are 5 weeks where I would have allocated time with my children. I will be flying home one day each week to be with my kids. Furthermore, I have no plans to teach in Mexico, and no plans to participate as a judge in DWTS Sweden. Those statements are categorically false.”
Savchenko’s Ex-Wife Has Requested Primary Custody
Savchenko’s ex-wife Elena Samodanova has requested primary custody of the couple’s children, Zlata and Olivia.
In the paperwork obtained by People, the reason for Samodanova’s request was that Savchenko would be too busy to spend time with his children in 2022. His schedule, according to the outlet, includes filming “Dancing With the Stars” and then going on the tour, “conducting a dance camp in Mexico and being a judge on an upcoming season of the Swedish version of ‘DWTS’.”
These statements have now been stated as false by Savchenko.
“After I became aware of [Savchenko]’s work schedule and realized that he would not be able to take care of the children as we contemplated when we formulated our parenting plan, I proposed to [Savchenko] that the children live with me full-time during DWTS season and tour,” the court documents read, per People.
She added, “I would make sure that our girls spend time with their father when he is available. My suggestion was based on our childrens’ best interest because they need stability. Respondent insisted that our daughters remain with his nanny while he is unavailable and traveling for at least three months.”
In terms of the comment regarding their nanny, Savchenko told Heavy via email that their nanny has been a part of their life for many years and is “a respected and integral member of our family and someone with whom our kids have a long relationship.”
Savchenko Missed the First Stop of the DWTS Tour
Savchenko missed the first stop on the “Dancing With the Stars” 2022 tour, according to his now-expired Instagram Stories.
When he is on the tour, however, Savchenko is part of a few of the history-making moments of the same-sex dances that occur throughout the tour.
In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Savchenko talked about dancing alongside Alan Bersten. The two perform JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson’s freestyle to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” from the “Dancing With the Stars” season 30 finale.
“JoJo, I feel like, really broke the barriers on ‘Dancing,’” Bersten told ET, as he and Savchenko gave the interviewer a preview of their dance moves. Primarily, however, Savchenko is partnered with professional dancer Emma Slater during the tour.
Gleb later added, “Let’s circle back to your question on who’s my favorite to dance with and I would probably say Alan,” Savchenko told the outlet, laughing when Slater slapped his arm.
Savchenko has also previously spoken about wanting to be in a same-sex partnership on “Dancing With the Stars.” He opened up to Mr. Warburton Magazine in early 2021 about the possibility.
“I would love to do it, but it would have to be with the right partner,” he shared near the end of the interview.
“Dancing With the Stars” has not yet been renewed for season 31. If it does get renewed, the show will return sometime in mid-September of 2022.
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