Cheryl Burke she’s ready to trade in her dancing shoes for a judge’s score paddle.
The previous dancing with the Stars The pro revealed she is interested in joining the judging panel for next season. The news comes about a week after a longtime judge Len Goodman announced his departure from the show.
In a recent interview with Entertainment TonightBurke teased a possible return to the ballroom as a critic and fan but not as a competitor.
“I think everybody knows at this point that I would definitely like to. But it’s not up to me,” he said.
“What’s up to me is my future and I know it’s time to grow and see what else is out there,” Burke added. “Because there is life after dancing with the Stars, so I’ve heard. I do not know yet. We’ll let you know.”
This isn’t the first time Burke has hinted at a possible move to the other side of the judging panel.
“I was a competitor in my day and Len Goodman judged me. I also got my review license so I had to study all that stuff,” he previously said Parade in 2018, adding, “I don’t know if a lot of the other dancers did that just because they’re so much younger than me.”
Last month, Burke, 38, shocked the world when she announced that season 31 would be her last season dancing alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest talents.
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She honored her years on the show with a sweet and very emotional post on Instagram.
“Sitting here filled with so many conflicting emotions about the words I’m about to write… Tomorrow night will officially be my last dance as a professional dancer on @dancingwiththestars. This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life and I’m also confident it’s the right one,” she wrote on Sunday.
“This show has been my 2nd family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew, and fans have seen me through my highest highs and some of my lowest lows, and I honestly don’t know who I would be today without them. I also know that it’s time to start the next phase of my career, although dance will always be a part of me. I’m excited about the idea of evolving, being challenged in new ways, having the ability to expand my commitment to defending the mental health, focusing on my new find [sic] I love podcasting and I’m ready to face the uncertainty (even though it’s scary as sh**) of what the future holds – I’ve got a few things up my sleeves though, so don’t worry 😉.”
Burke’s caption concluded: “Although there are not enough words to express my deep gratitude and love to all my DWTS family I’ll end with this: thank you for being my rock and foundation for almost two decades through the tough times and most of all, thank you for giving dance the credit and attention it deserves. Not only did you bring joy to millions of viewers every season, you brought light and so much love to my heart and soul when I needed it most. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career, but this one will be hard to beat! Until next time…I love you all, always and forever xx 🤍.”
Burke also said Entertainment Tonight that one of the many projects he is working on involves developing a dance program that is “about mental health and movement.”
“I’m really in mental health right now,” he told reporters. “I think I’ve been given and blessed to have this platform to be able to talk about my own experience. I’m not a professional, but I know how I’m helping people by talking about my journey.”
dancing with the Stars Season 31 wrapped on Monday, crown Charlie D’Amelio as the 2022 winner.