While Val Chmerkovskiy isn’t competing for the mirrorball trophy on This kind of season of Dancing With the Stars, the two-time champ still became available to support girlfriend Jenna Johnson during Monday’s season premiere.
Chmerkovskiy is usually currently on a nationwide dance tour with brother Maks Chmerkovskiy along with sister-in-law Peta Murgatroyd — who are also frequent DWTS fan favorites — nevertheless he made time to fly out to L.A. to cheer on Johnson in her second turn as a pro after many seasons as a DWTS troupe member.
ET’s Keltie Knight caught up with Johnson after the premiere, where she gushed over getting his support via the sidelines.
“He is usually such a sweetie. the idea’s great,” she shared. “the idea’s very weird having him here on the opposite end, nevertheless I’m so happy he was here to support. along with he brought my puppy! I couldn’t be happier.”
In This kind of all-athletes season of the reality dance competition, Johnson is usually partnered with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon along with the pair — nicknamed #TeamJustFriends — received one of the highest scores of the premiere, earning 24 out of 30 via the DWTS judges.
Chmerkovskiy has been very outspoken about his love for his girlfriend, along with how much she has meant to him in the past they’ve worked together on the show. ET’s Deidre Behar caught up with Chmerkovskiy at the MAKS. VAL.PETA: Confidential Tour rehearsals in March, where he opened up about his relationship with Johnson along with how she’s influenced him as a dancer.
“She’s been my muse, for a lack of a better world. She’s been my partner in crime,” he shared. “Everything of which I’ve created on DWTS inside last four years on the show, she’s played a huge part of. Whether the idea’s a little as, ‘Hey what do you think about the song?’ to, ‘I don’t know what to do in This kind of step,’ she’s been there for me for a long time.”
The 32-year-old dancer shared similar sentiments on Monday when he took to Instagram to share his support for his girlfriend along with her star partner.
“I couldn’t be more proud of both Adam along with Jenna. Seeing my girl doing her magic for so long helping create awesome moments on the show for others, all behind the camera away via the spotlight never seeking credit just being an awesome teammate, doing the idea all out of love… is usually the reason why I’m most excited with This kind of season,” Chmerkovskiy wrote.
“Ms. Johnson finally carries a shot to get the recognition of which she worked so hard to deserve. Partnered with Adam, I couldn’t see a better fit,” he continued. “Adam is usually someone who’s courage I admire immensely nevertheless the idea’s his kindness along with generosity of which I love most. These two will definitely have a long difficult task in front of them, nevertheless I know they can go all the way along with with our help maybe even win This kind of thing!”
Val also addressed his absence via This kind of season inside caption of a DWTS cast along with crew photo, which he posted to Instagram early Monday morning.
“This kind of show was never about me or any single person, as a matter of fact, the idea’s not JUST a television show at all. the idea’s become somewhat of a family tradition in so many households,” he wrote. “I’m posting This kind of because today is usually the premiere of Season 26 of DWTS along with its the first season I will not be a part of since I joined This kind of awesome family 7.5 years ago.”
“the idea’s an unusual feeling nevertheless at the same time one of major gratitude along with excitement,” he continued. “I’m proud of This kind of show along with every single person of which makes the idea so, whether I am part of the idea or not. I trust EVERYONE tunes in tonight along with continues to support the show of which changed not just my life nevertheless an entire world of dance along with millions of everyday people who have graciously invited us into their living rooms every Monday night.”
For more via Chmerkovskiy on his relationship with his fellow DWTS performer, check out the video below.