Karina Smirnoff has been booted from the professional lineup on Dancing With the Stars, E! Gossip Guy Marc Malkin has learned. Instead of burning up the floor with one of this season’s hasbeens, the Ukrainian dancer will instead be serving DWTS behind the scenes as a choreographer when the popular ballroom dancing competition returns for its 10th season this March.
The news comes after DWTS producers decided not to pair Karina with any of the 11 celebrity competitors joining the show this season. Smirnoff has previously competed with entertainment journalist Mario Lopez (who later became Karina’s cheating ex) and ex-boy bander Aaron Carter.
“She’s always been choreographing for the show. She’s a big part of the result shows. She’s like family there,” a Dancing snitch says. “It wasn’t easy. Producers cut people based on the celebrities and who they’d be a good match with.”
Interesting, but we wonder how much Smirnoff’s absence this season has to do with heavily-rumored feud with ex-fiance, and fellow DWTS professional dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy?
The new Dancing With The Stars celebrity lineup will be announced on The Bachelor finale, airing Monday, March 1. Season pair-ups will be revealed the following day on ABC’s Good Morning America.