Val Chmerkovskiy Says He'll 'Beat' Fiancée Jenna Johnson on Dancing with the Stars Season 27
Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy, both pro dancers on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, are facing off for the first time as fiancées on the reality competition’s new season.
The couple got engaged in Venice, Italy, in June. The duo had dated on and off beginning in 2015 but began publicly sharing their love story in 2017 — including sharing a passionate kiss on the season 25 finale of DWTS.
On the upcoming season of DWTS, Chmerkovskiy is paired with The Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon, while Johnson is coupled with Bachelorette favorite Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile.
“It’ll be fun,” Chmerkovskiy, 32, tells PEOPLE about competing against his fiancée. “We’re a team in the household, but on the dance floor my responsibility is really to make sure Nancy has an awesome experience, and part of that experience will, at some point, entail beating Joe, and that will be a really difficult moment to come home to.”
“But it’s gonna be all fun,” Chmerkovskiy adds, “and it’s really all about our partners. Our personal stuff is secondary.”
With the rehearsals for the new season starting up, wedding planning “is kind of at a halt right now,” says Johnson, 24. “But it’s exciting, it’s fun. All I do is scroll on Pinterest and look at things, it’s amazing.”
Of Amabile, Johnson says, “He’s never danced before, but he’s getting better and better everyday.”
“I’m super proud,” Johnson adds, “and I can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on!”
Here’s to some friendly competition! Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars will premiere on ABC on Sept. 24th at 8 p.m. ET.