Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez had an amazing bond during the entire season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ — and the win just brought them closer together! After the finale, he spoke with reporters about why it is he keeps kissing her forehead. So cute!
“I can’t stop kissing her! Just like the millions of people watching her at home, I can’t stop squeezing her so I am definitely going to miss her,” Val Chmerkovskiy told reporters following the Nov. 22 finale. “I am excited that she is going on tour with us, and she will continue to be with the Dancing with the Stars family, and we love to have her!”
That’s right, Laurie Hernandez is joining the tour with Val and many other pros on DWTS, including Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, and many more.
“She is so special,” Val added, completely beaming over Laurie. “Especially working with such a young inspiring lady, I wanted to set an example through her. I wanted her to set an example for her generation that anything is possible and to stay hungry and stay humble! She is exceptional at that.”
The appreciation was definitely a mutual one between Val and Laurie. “All through my life, I want to inspire others and that is my goal everyday,” she added. “Val taught me it is a good thing to go out and feel that pressure and have that responsibility to inspire others, because when I was a little kid I looked up to other people so I hope that I can inspire little kids!”
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that Laurie is heading on tour with the Dancing with the Stars cast?