Former Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Sharna Burgess has revealed if she would ever return to the show while admitting she was shocked not to be asked back last year, despite winning Season 27 in 2018 with radio personality Bobby Bones. The Australian star also said what she thinks about the big host shakeup in a new interview with Us Weekly.
Sharna revealed this week that she’s not yet been asked back amid reports the series is looking to start rehearsals next month, but did say that she’d be more than willing to return if she was.
“I certainly wasn’t ready to walk away from it last year. I’ve still got more in me,” she said, referring to the shocking decision to not to have her back for Season 28.
“[It] was definitely a shock to not be back, but there was no love lost with the family at all. I was there cheering them. I loved them and we’ll do the same thing again this season if I’m not asked back.”
Shortly after fellow pro Cheryl Burke named her the worst contestant in history earlier this week, Sharna added that none of the professionals have “heard anything” about new episodes just yet, but said that she’d “be over the moon” to get to dance in the ballroom again.
“If they ask me, I will jump up and down — [I] might do the ugly cry. I’m not sure. You know, I missed my family. I miss dancing. I miss creating. I miss teaching,” she said.
Despite not being chosen to dance with a celebrity during the most recent season, she never actually left the franchise. Sharna spent much of last year back in her home country of Australia, where she appeared as a judge on the Australian version of DWTS alongside Craig Revel Horwood and Tristan MacManus.
Also in the new interview, she spoke out about the big changes coming to the U.S. version when it returns to screens in the fall. It was recently announced that long-time co-host Tom Bergeron had been let go and has been replaced by Tyra Banks.
Sharna, who’s danced with celebs including Nick Carter and Antonio Brown since she became a professional back in 2013, admitted that she was “shocked” by the announcement and said that she immediately texted Tom to see how he was doing. She shared that there was some “sadness” associated with his departure, but made it clear that she’s looking forward to seeing how things play out.
Sharna went on to call the change “exciting” and added that she’s “actually really, really excited to see Tyra out there” as the show’s newest host takes to the stage.