The popular pro dancer, who has been smokin’ up the ballroom since Season 2 of the show, revealed that she most likely won’t be back for another season following Season 19, which airs tonight.
“As of now, this is probably going to be my last season,” Burke revealed. “I started when I was 20. I’m 30. I want to try new things and just see what’s out there.”
During her time on the show, Burke has won the mirrorball trophy twice, with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith, and has made it to the finals seven times. This season, she will be dancing with soap star, Antonio Sabato, Jr.
As for what’s next for Burke, she still plans on being in the TV world. We might even see her take on another form of reality competition.
In 2012, Burke admitted she had talked with ABC executives about becoming the next Bachelorette.
“There hasn’t been a firm offer, but if they offer it to me, I would love to do it,” the dancer said, according to ABC News.
Burke has been open about exploring other opportunities while on the show, including opening her love life up to TV.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have typically shied away from bringing on celebrities to fill the coveted role handing out the roses, but Burke might be the perfect gal to step into the show. Dancing with the Stars and the Bachelor nation already have a lot of crossover, after all. Bachelors Sean Lowe and Jake Pavelka appeared in Dancing with the Stars Seasons 16 and 10, respectively. And for the ladies, former Bachelor contestant, Melissa Rycroft, competed on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars and returned to Season 15 for the “All Stars” round, winning the mirrorball trophy with her partner, Tony Dovolani.
Judging by past experiences, there’s also still hope that we’ll see Burke around the Dancing with the Stars stage in the future. Fan favorite, Julianne Hough, left the show after Season 8, but is returning for Season 19 as the fourth judge on the show. Maksim Chmerkovskiy also left for two seasons before returning and winning the last season of the show with his partner, Meryl Davis.
Dancing with the Stars Season 19 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.