Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

'Dancing with the Stars' celeb gives baby Hebrew name


As for Chmerkovskiy, let's just say that he's not too anxious about the return of his 2-time Mirrorball winning wife considering how well things went for him the last time they both competed against one another on the show.

Peta added to Us that she wanted to come back to DWTS to "get [her] body back" and "defend [her] title".

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy can't stay away from the dance floor. "I just want to support her and at the same time, maybe have some healthy competition in the family".

"It's going to take a little bit longer to get back up to the fitness that I had before, but I think it's going to be OK", she said. "I am going to take it slowly and hopefully I have an awesome [celebrity] dance partner to go through this with".

Peta won the show's 22nd season in 2016 with partner, model and actor, Nyle DiMarco, and hasn't appeared on the dancefloor since.

The professional dancers, who got engaged in December 2015, welcomed Shai on January 4.

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"It's a definitely special time".

As for how fatherhood is affecting his love for dancing, Maksim said, "I was always wanting to have kids and never thought it would be like this. You just can't stop staring at this little person", Chmerkovskiy said. I literally don't want to leave the house to go shopping.

It remains to be seen when ABC will unveil the identities of the other Season 24 pros, but considering that the official cast announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1 we're expecting the DWTS pro-watch talks to pick up in the coming days!

Peta Murgatroyd is concerned about how she might look when she returns to Dancing With the Stars this spring.

Chmerkovskiy, an MOT, whose first name Maks, is short for Maksim, means "enchanting" or "attractive" in Hebrew, but is often used as slang for "wonderful" or "amazing". "So we gave him his middle name after Maks' dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai's heritage but also make it unique to him)", she said.

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