Jenna Johnson admits she felt ‘pressure’ choreographing for DWTS amid her step back as ‘pregnant wife’

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Jenna Johnson attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Bros” at Regal LA Live on September 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images)

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Jenna Johnson Chmerkovsky Adel Dancing with the Stars Monday evening to choreograph the show by Michael Buble night. Johnson won the Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball trophy with Olympic figure skater Adam Ribbon In 2018, she reached the finals in the last two seasons with her partners Neve Schulman and Jojo Siwa respectively. Although she wasn’t competing this season, she’s been running lately Dancing with the Stars Billboard at the D23 conference in Anaheim, California. Ahead of Monday night’s performance, the professional dancer, 28, opened up to PEOPLE about her decision to step back from the series after she and her professional dancer husband made an announcement. Val Chmerkovsky be They are expecting their first childAnd how “pressure” she felt when she returned to the lounge.

It was honestly a blast to choreograph the opening. I still feel a lot of love and excitement about the show, even though I’m not around this season.

When asked, I immediately answered yes because obviously, and I was very excited to be back on stage and into the environment. There is no other feeling like it.

Then I was told that this opening number would feature all the girls, which made me even more excited, because all these girls are so close and dear to my heart. Then Michael [Bublé] He will sing it live!

Valentin Chmerkovsky and Jenna Johnson Chmerkovsky attend 2022 ESPYs

Valentin Chmerkovsky and Jenna Johnson Chmerkovsky attend 2022 ESPYs

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There were a lot of exciting parts so it made this whole process very interesting and [a] A dream come true. I got pregnant And the I’m going to choreograph the show – like, sure!

I feel like I’m part of the season, just by everything that’s going on. Obviously by Val and Gabby [Windey], but once I got back into space and had to put on my choreographer hat again and being short on time, I felt pressured again. But it’s a lot of pressure. It is very motivating.

You’re so inspiring when you’re surrounded by all the talent out there, but I had to be like, “Okay, okay, we need to jump back into this. 5, 6, 7, 8, let’s go.”

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If you go to a ballroom competition, there will be at least five to seven Michael Bublé songs. I’ve always been very used to his music and he always compliments his ballroom dancing so well, and I’m really excited for our number because I don’t feel like we got to see all of our girls show why. The best in the ballroom work and really show off their style on the ballroom.

Today, this piece was intended to get back to those basics and show why girls Dancing with the Stars they are the best. They really give you the complete cha-cha technique. They look amazing.

I think they love it, because it’s in their element – really in their element. So I’m really excited.

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DWTS contestants who blew up after the competition

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I’ve had some really great last few seasons that have used up a lot of my energy and focus. I’ve made it to the final two in the last two seasons, and it’s really stressful on your mind, your emotional, and my body. [health]. Plus I’ve consistently done, I think, 13 seasons in a row. So I felt like this was the perfect time for me to take a step back.

And I think for any artist or artist, I think it’s always healthy to take a break from something you love, because it will only re-inspire and remind you why you’re doing it, and why you’d love to put yourself in the process.

When I watched the show, I was like, “Oh, I miss dancing. I miss this experience, I miss my friends.” But I am very excited to support this season and love watching my husband. I feel like he and Gabe are having a great season, which made me sitting outside was worth it because I just saw him thrive. So I will be happy to be the pregnant wife who supports the side.

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