"I can’t wait to see what these amazing dancers have in store for us all," says Australia native Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess is taking her dancing expertise Down Under!
The Dancing with the Stars pro is joining the Australian version of the reality dancing competition series as its sole female judge, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.
“Having been a pro on America’s Dancing with the Stars for the last 12 seasons, I am so excited to be coming home to bring my knowledge and passion from the U.S. to this stellar line up of Aussie talent!” the 33-year-old Australia native says in a statement about joining Australia’s Dancing with the Stars. “I can’t wait to see what these amazing dancers have in store for us all.”
She will be joining fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Tristan MacManus. Together, the judges will determine — along with viewer votes — who of the show’s 11 celebrities will be crowned victorious.
Although Burgess will be returning to her homeland for her new role as judge, this isn’t goodbye to the United States’ version of the show. PEOPLE confirms that Burgess will be returning for season 28, which is expected to be in ABC’s lineup in fall 2019.
Burgess joined DWTS in the U.S. as a troupe member in season 13 — she’s competed with celebrity partners for 12 seasons — and most recently took home the Mirror Ball Trophy with radio personality Bobby Bones in November.
In addition to competing on DWTS, Burgess has also created her Dance Cardio Series, which are dance and fitness classes — including the Dance Cardio Paso Doble, Dance Cardio Jive, Dance Cardio Cha Cha and Wedding Dance Class, among others — available on her website.
Dancing with the Stars Australia premieres live on Monday, Feb. 18 on the WIN Network.