A ‘DWTS’ Judge Shakeup Is Exactly What the Dance Show Needs

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'Dancing With the Stars' judhes Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli

Since season one, Dancing With the Stars has had a pretty solid fan base. They've found a formula that works with judges and different dance styles. Oh, and the super attractive contestants don't hurt either. What do you do when things get comfortable, though? Switch things up. Well, that's what Maksim Chmerkovskiy thinks the show should do, anyway.

The dance pro spoke with Wetpaint about getting rid of the judges, saying that sometimes "they don't really say what they truly believe," and that it's the right time to bring in some new faces.

Hey, it may not be a horrible idea. Heck, the season that American Idol brought in Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler had some of their highest ratings yet. Could the same work for DWTS?

I think yes.

All of these talent-based shows pride themselves on having big names on their judging panel. Out of them all, though, the three judges on Dancing With the Stars are the least recognizable to the general public. Bringing in some new names, some bigger names, could not only give the show a new feeling but also has the potential to bump up the ratings.

So who would join the new judging panel? Well, while there's no news that this is actually happening -- I have a few suggestions of my own of who would make a great addition. For one, bring in some stars who have had serious dancing backgrounds. Usher comes to mind, Janet Jackson comes to mind, heck, throw the Biebs on there. Yeah, these are all pop-y artists, but there's potential elsewhere, too. Top choreographers, big Broadway names, the options are endless. Either way, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what's in store for season 16.

Do you think DWTS should change up their judging panel?


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Angie Workman

leave the judeges on DWTS I think they do a great job


Andrea Cavallo- DePalma

I think they should switch them up with the exception of Bruno...who always seems o get it right!

nonmember avatar Lexi jordan

They definitely need new judges. Bruno is SO annoying, Carrie Ann acts like a b*tch in heat! lol..keep Len & ditch the other 2, their judging has been unfair for years!

Sandy Todd Burns

I say no leave it alone. If you did change I would probably stop watching. The judges that are on there now are great in there field. They already have other dance shows on if they don't like the judges on now. These 3 judges are pros in there field. If you go and add the likes of Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber you have just another hip hop teen show.

Donna Lewis

No changing the judges.  They are fair and I think each judge is unique in their judging, they're fair and nice to the celebrity.  Besidees I like each of them! <3


amber... amberdotsmom

I think the judges should start saying exactly what they mean and the producers should crack down on the audience instead.  Either because of the the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality or because they can't dare criticize someones particular favorite every negative comment even when they're trying to be constructive is drowned out by boos.  Maybe it's encouraged to create controversy or drama but it's really starting to be an annoying part of the show.

Becky Lorimor

Keep these judges!!!!! They know real ballroom dancing! If it works, don't "fix" it!

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I have no idea what you're complaining about. I don't know anything about the woman, but Bruno and Len tend to be very, very honest on Strictly Come Dancing. Maybe they holdback for the American audiences, because they make more of an uproar than the Irish and British audienes do for SCD, but I don't think they hold back on what they think at all...

Zumani Monet

I agree. Leave the judges and bring in guest judges. It was fun when Paula Abdul was on.

nonmember avatar johnnie

NO-thats what makes DWTS-DWTS-it like a family-like all families-there is a little squabble-but I LOVE IT-just the way it is

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