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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Is Back to Compete on Dancing With the Stars Season 18 — Report

The surprises keep coming for Dancing With the Stars Season 18 — which will turn into a mini reunion for new co-host Erin Andrews and returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

Inside sources confirmed to E! News that Maks is indeed returning for the spring 2014 season, and not as a guest judge, third co-host, or whatever else. He’ll be competing.

Last we heard, Maks had shut the door pretty hard on coming back to compete, but maybe he was inspired by Erin, a brand new year, spending more time with his brother or any number of things. He’ll explain his reasons in due time, but for now — welcome back, Mr. Sex on a Stick!

A different source also told E! that Derek Hough will be back, which is not what @DWTSGossip initially heard, but it’s a good update, if true! Maks + Derek = The DWTS We Know and Love.

Maks didn’t compete at all in 2013, so it will be good to see him again. A production source told E!, "Everyone's looking forward to having him back." Are you looking forward to having him back too? Do you think Erin and Maks will keep up their playful bickering, even if she has a boyfriend now so they can’t do that showmance thing we loved?

This will all be made official next week when the cast is revealed on Tuesday, March 4. DWTS Season 18 premieres Monday, March 17 on ABC.

Source: E! News