​Peta Murgatroyd Forced To Withdraw Over Ankle Injury From DWTS TV Show

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Sep. 5, 2015

Peta Murgatroyd has been forced to withdraw from the competition before Season 21 has even begun, thanks to a nasty ankle injury that will require surgery and two months of recovery. She was seen with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on a date to rekindle their romance before a replacement is announced, according to Daily Mail.

Murgatroyd, 29, announced the sad news via Twitter, revealing that she has anguished for three days over leaving partner Andy Grammer. But since Peta requires immediate surgery to repair her injury, she has to bow out.

“This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance,” she wrote, “but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you!”

Peta Murgatroyd exits DWTS

Peta Murgatroyd will be sidelined for six to eight weeks, which she acknowledges is “nothing in the grand scheme of things.” In fact, you’ll probably see her dance before Season 21 is through.

“I hope to be back before the season ends, doing group numbers and of course cheering on Andy and my friends in audience,” she added. “It killed me to let someone else take care of Andy, who is such a genuine loving guy. But I know he will be in good hands.”

Peta thanked fans for their support, but reassured them it won’t be too long before she’s back in the DWTS ballroom. Murgatroyd said she’ll be updating fans on her progress.

“I will miss the show so much but just know that I will come better back than ever, and with a brand new ankle,” she wrote. “Thank you for all the love today, I loved reading all of your supportive tweets, even though I couldn’t say anything until now. I will also keep you all up to date on my progress and of course you will see some silly ‘before and after’ surgery pictures. Lastly, I love you all and thank you for always being so positive for me.”

Andy Grammer is joined in the season 21 cast by Paula Deen, Chaka Khan, Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Victor Espinoza, Hayes Grier, Kim Zolciak, Alexa PenaVega, and Carlos PenaVega.

Peta Murgatroyd joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in 2011 as one of the troupe members in the 12th season. She became a regular member of the professional cast as of the 13th season, where she was eliminated first, and won Season 14.

The full list of stars and their pro partners was announced on Good Morning America on September 2, and Dancing With the Stars season 21 premieres Monday, Sept. 14 on ABC.

Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but moved to Australia when she was 18 months old. She considers considers herself Australian.

She was raised in Perth, Western Australia, and started studying classical ballet at age 4. She was trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Madame Lubov Nikonorenko.

After three months of beginning ballroom training, Peta Murgatroyd became the Australian State Champion and placed second in the Great World City Championships. Success at other competitions followed quickly; she was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore and was a finalist in the Australian Open Championships.

She placed 3rd in the world at the Blackpool Dance Festival Youth Under 21 Latin competitions in 2005. Peta Mugatroyd has been a regular member of the processional cast for every season of Dancing with the Stars since season 13.

Murgatroyd joined the cast of Burn the Floor in 2004, touring with them around the world for six years. When Burn the Floor landed on Broadway in August 2009, Peta was the lead female dancer.

She recently knew something was wrong and said, “I wanted to check it out properly and make sure I was good to go for the season. I Got my MRI results back and it was a really bad diagnosis. It showed I had 4 torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of my ankle.”

Peta Murgatroyd told her partner that he would be dancing with someone else.

“He had specifically asked to be partnered with me and I felt like I was letting him down,” she added. “It’s super frustrating but I’m going to be fine and I’m going to be back in week eight or nine of the show.”

Peta Murgatroyd left the biggest spoil alert so far this season by leaving the ballroom before the show started. The blond-haired dancer is a fan favorite, and as it turns out, the news that she won’t be competing was just as a surprising to her as it was to fans.

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