'Dancing With The Stars': Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev is engaged to Nikka Bella
Artem Chigvintsev has quite an impressive and long-standing run on the show and now has the chance to defend his title on Season 30
When it comes to the professional dancers on 'Dancing With The Stars', the choreographers are the ones who certainly feel the heat of the competition. After all, regardless of who their celebrity dancer is, the pressure is on them to bring out the best in their partner, who might have two left feet. On Season 30 of the show, dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be facing some pressure, seeing that he is the current reigning winner, having won last season with his partner, 'The Bachelorette' star Kaitlyn Bristowe.
Who is Artem Chigvintsev?
Artem Vladimirovich Chigvintsev is a professional dancer who specializes in Latin dancing. Before joining 'Dancing With The Stars', Chigvintsev was a part of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. He was born on June 12, 1982, in Izhevsk, Udmurt Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union and later moved to the USA in 2003.
His 'DWTS' track record
Chigvintsev joined the cast of 'DWTS' in 2014, on Season 18 of the show and was initially a part of the dance troupe. He went on to become a professional dancer in Season 19. On Season 19, he was partnered with Lea Thompson and the duo placed 6th.
In season 20, he danced alongside singer Patti LaBelle and the duo placed 8th that season.
He was slated to be a part of Season 21 of the show with 'The Bachelorette' star Kaitlyn Bristowe; however, she was unable to join the show due to 'The Bachelor' producer Mike Fleiss, Chigvintsev was not a part of the lineup.
In Season 22, he performed with actress Mischa Barton and the dup placed 11th. On Season 23, he performed with Brady Bunch actress Maureen McCormick and the duo ranked 8th. On Season 24, he performed with former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and they placed 6th. On Season 25, he was paired with WWE wrestler Nikki Bella and the duo placed 7th. On Season 26, he was partnered with Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson and they placed 9th that season.
On Season 27, he was partnered with Paralympic skier Danelle Umstead and the duo placed 12th. Chigvintsev was not a part of the Season 28 lineup but returned for Season 29 with 'The Bachelorette' star Kaitlyn Bristowe. The team went on to win the title and are the current reigning champs.
In Season 30, he will be performing with 'The Office' star Melora Hardin. Seeing that he won Season 29, winning Season 30 would allow him to join the likes of Cheryl Burke (who won seasons two and three), Julianne Hough (who won seasons four and five) and Derek Hough (who won Seasons 10 and 11, and later won Seasons 16 and 17).
He is currently engaged to his Season 25 partner, Nikka Bella
Romances on the show are not uncommon, but for Chigvintsev, he went on to find love in the arms of retired WWE wrestler and his Season 25 partner, Nikka Bella. Bella was previously dating pro-wrestler, and actor John Cena and the couple had been together since 2012. However, they split and called off their wedding in 2018. Chigvintsev and Bella began dating the following year. In 2020, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together, and Bella went on to give birth to their son, Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev, later that year.
Season 30 of 'Dancing With The Stars' premieres on September 20 at 8/7c on ABC. You can also stream the episodes on abc.com and Hulu.