According to People magazine on Tuesday, "Dancing With the Stars" professional dancer Cheryl Burke might have danced her last dance on the ABC's popular reality dance competition. In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" back in September, Burke said she might be leaving the show that has made her a household name. She has been on the show since she was 20-years-old (10 years). Her contract is up at the end of the season, and she said she is itching to try something else. She and her partner, Antonio Sabato, Jr. were voted off on Monday's show because they had the lowest score and votes from last week's performance.
ABC reports that "Dancing with the Stars" Halloween night was an especially treacherous one for Sabato and Burke, who got booted off during the seventh week of competition. It has not been officially announced that Season 19 was Burke's last season, but she said:
"I'm just so proud of Antonio and this has been the most memorable season for me for so many reasons. It's just so sad for me to say goodbye, but I just had the most amazing time."
She also tweeted:
This is an especially emotional goodbye. @DancingABC has the hardest working cast and crew on TV and it's so hard to say goodbye.
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) October 28, 2014
Burke has been with the show since Season 2. She won that season with partner and former 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey. She won her second championship with retired football star Emmitt Smith in the third season. She is the show's first female professional dancer to win the show and the first professional to win twice, and consecutively.
In the decade she has been on "Dancing With the Stars", she has set and broken numerous records in the course of her 18 seasons. Some of these records include, but are not limited to being the longest tenured professional, along with Tony Dovolani. She also had the most finale appearances with seven in Seasons 2, 3, 6, 8, 13, 14, and 17. And she is the only professional dancer to have placed first, second and third at least twice.
Fans have loved seeing Burke perform on "Dancing with the Stars" as well as coaching others to learn various dances. They hate to see her leave, but they are wishing her the best in whatever career path she takes if she does leave the show.