AGT judge Julianne Hough may not be on DWTS anymore, but that hasn’t stopped her from sharing her opinion on the current drama surrounding the upcoming 28th season of the show. In particular, she had a few things to say about the firing of professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
Artem was not announced on the list of dancers for the new season. He apparently found out he had been cut from the line-up just three days before the cast was announced. He’s been on the show since 2014, after appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK.
Julianne Hough Reacts To Artem’s ‘DWTS’ Firing
Julianne Hough, a former professional and judge on DWTS, put a positive spin on Artem’s departure in an interview with Us Weekly. She said it’s “nothing personal,” adding, “It’s a business thing [based on] what the public wants and needs. People are going to try things.”
The current AGT judge suggested that this could actually work out well for Artem. “Sometimes, the greatest part of not being asked is actually an opportunity for more to open up for you,” she said, recalling a similar time in her own life. “For a lot of the people that maybe didn’t get asked back, or there’s been a shakeup, just focus on what else there is out there and keep your eyes open and let your heart open.”
Artem Chigvintsev Reacts To Leaving ‘DWTS’
Us reports that Artem called his firing a “massive shock.” He spoke about the experience on an episode of “The Bellas Podcast,” co-hosted by his girlfriend Nikki Bella.
“It’s not even a job, it’s a lifestyle if you’ve been doing it for a very long time,” he said. “There was never a thought in my mind that I’m not going to be doing it.” He added that it felt “like going through a breakup after 10 years.”
Artem also posted about his departure on Instagram last month, saying he was “sad” not to be returning to the show. He said he will still be watching the competition on Monday nights, even if he can’t be a part of it himself.
Dancing With the Stars Season 28 premieres September 16 on ABC.