Cheryl Burke is willing to trade in her dancing shoes for a judge’s paddle.
the previous Dancing with the stars pro announced that she is interested in joining the judging team for next season. The news comes about a week after the longtime judge Len Gutman 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 the whole world knows by this point that I would definitely love it. But it’s not me,” she said.
“What’s up to me is my future, and I know it’s time for me to move on and see what else is out there,” Burke added. “Because there is an afterlife Dancing with the stars, as I have heard. I do not know yet. I’ll let you know.”
This isn’t the first time Burke has hinted at her possible move to the other side of the jury.
“I was a competitor in my day and Len Goodman always judged me. I also got my judges license so I had to learn all this stuff,” she previously said parade in 2018, adding, “I don’t know if a lot of the other dancers just did that because they’re so much younger than me.”
Last month, Burke, 38, shocked the world when she announced season 31 would be her final season dancing alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest talent.
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She recalled her years on the show with a sweet and very sentimental Instagram post.
“I’m sitting here full of conflicting feelings about the words I’m about to write… Tomorrow night will officially be my last dance as a professional dancer at @dancingwiththestars. This was one of the absolutely most difficult decisions of my life and I have every confidence that it is the right thing to do,” she wrote on Sunday.
“This show is my second family since I was 21 years old. The cast, crew and fans have gotten 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 although dance will always be a part of me, it’s time for me to start the next phase of my career. I’m excited by the idea of further development, being challenged in new ways and the opportunity to have, expand my skillset and commitment to mental health advocacy while focusing on my new discovery [sic] Love for podcasting and I’m ready to face the uncertainty (although it’s bloody scary) of what the future holds – I do have a few things up my sleeve though so don’t worry 😉.”
Burke’s caption concluded, “Although there aren’t enough words to express my deep gratitude and love for my whole DWTS Family I’ll close with this: Thank you for being my rock and foundation through the difficult moments for almost two decades, and most of all thank you for giving ballroom dancing the recognition and attention it deserves. Not only have you brought joy to millions and millions of viewers each season, you have brought light and so much love into my heart and soul when I needed it most. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. I’m excited for the next chapter in my career but man this is going to be hard to beat! Until next time… Love you all, always and forever xx 🤍.”
Burke also told entertainment tonight that one of the many projects she works on involves developing a dance program “related to mental health and exercise.”
“I’m really interested in mental health right now,” she told reporters. “I believe I have been gifted and blessed with this platform to be able to speak about my own experiences. I’m not a professional but I know how to help people by talking about my journey.”
Dancing with the stars Season 31 ended on Monday with the coronation Charlie D’Amelio as winner in 2022.