A “Dancing With the Stars” season 31 contestant wishes he could work with his professional dancer’s spouse.
Gabby Windey, the ‘Bachelorette’ and now ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant, was partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy going into her ballroom season and she now reveals she wishes she had worked with Val’s wife Jenna Johnson instead.
Johnson is skipping season 31 of Dancing With the Stars because she’s pregnant, but she was an active participant in Windey and Chmerkovskiy’s partnership.
“That’s the game changer, you know, when you get married, that becomes a part of your life, and having Jenna by my side — and Jenna loves Gabby, by the way, she loves Gabby,” Chmerkovskiy told ET Online after the premiere.
Windey added: “We love each other, me and Jenna. I wish we could be partners.”
The partnership impressed judges and fans with their jive to Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” which left them positive for the rest of the season.
“I think we’re feeling good,” Windey told the outlet. “I don’t know. I’m obviously happy to be here… I have a really great teacher and partner.”
Chmerkovskiy added: “I’m excited to be part of this show, you know? I’ve been on this show for 12 years now and I’m excited to have a partner and that gives me a chance to dance and gives me a chance to go all the way. I firmly believe in this partnership. I am grateful for their work ethic, their attitude and their fan base.”
By fan base, Chmerkovskiy means Bachelor Nation, as “Bachelorettes” notoriously do well on “Dancing With the Stars,” with both Hannah Brown and Kaitlyn Bristowe walking away with the Mirrorball trophy during their season.
“Mostly the fan base,” Windey told the outlet, laughing.
In an Instagram post after the season premiere, Windey called her time on Dancing With the Stars a dream come true.
“Last night was a dream come true,” she wrote. “I cannot thank everyone enough for the support you have given me so far. But remember to vote from any phone and email you have access to!! I can’t wait to see you guys next week.”
Johnson and Chmerkovskiy are expecting their first child together. Johnson shared an update for fans on Monday, September 19th.
“At our last appointment, the little boy was measuring in the 96th percentile for height,” she wrote. “Looks like he’s going to be a professional kickboxer and/or gymnast. We loveeeee music.”
She continued, adding that her favorite food was “everything cold and creamy,” but not red apples.
She added: “Finding love for this new and growing body of mine. I’m not used to it and I’ve always run away from the phrase “slow down”. Even when I was hurt, my stubborn mentality danced or pushed through the pain. But I’m learning that now someone else is also relying on my body. So let’s accept and embrace the phrase ‘listen to your body’ as my little one grows within me.”