Peta Murgatroyd won’t be stepping alongside Andy Grammer this season as previously expected on the next season of Dancing With The Stars.
The pro, who was already confirmed as one of the dancers who would be coming back, was told by doctors that she needs surgery which will sideline her for six to eight weeks, meaning she won’t be able to participate in the upcoming season.
Peta Murgatroyd had already started rehearsals with her new partner, musician Andy Grammer. People reports that the “Honey, I’m Good” singer specifically requested Peta as his partner, but now he will have to dance with another pro who has yet to be named.
The official cast and couples will be revealed Wednesday, September 2 on Good Morning America. Peta has said she will still try to be a part of Grammer’s rehearsals, cheering him on from the sidelines. Her exit could mean that a brand new pro partner could be called up from the troupe.
Peta Murgatroyd joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars as a pro partner in season 13, participating in every season since. She won the Mirror Ball Trophy in her second season with football player Donald Driver.
As of now, that leaves eight confirmed pros and eight confirmed stars already for the new cast. Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Karina Smirnoff, Allison Holker, Witney Carson and Sharna Burgess are all coming back while the new stars include Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter, Victor Espinoza, Hayes Grier, husband and wife Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, Chaka Khan and Andy Grammer. Other rumored stars include Paula Deen and Kim Zolciak.
Dancing with the Stars season 21 premieres Monday, September 14 at 8pm on ABC.