Ok, so we already know that the next season of DWTS is going to be a bit different, given that the show will only air one night a week instead of two. (I still can't figure out how in the heck that is going to work with the voting.)
But have you heard that there's a possibility that some or all of the Dancing With the Stars judges won't be returning for season 17? Apparently Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli don't have contracts in place as of yet, which means there's a chance they could leave or be replaced.
Oh yeah, producers are also supposedly toying with the idea of adding a fourth judge into the mix.
A source told E! News, "Nothing has been decided yet about next season. There definitely will be format changes and it's possible there may be some casting changes but those discussions are just beginning."
Ugh. Are you as horrified as I am at the thought of replacing any of the three current judges or bringing in a new one?
This is seriously the worst idea ever.
As much as I love watching the performances on DWTS, I actually look forward to hearing the judges' commentary just as much, if not more. In particular, whatever Len and Bruno have to say always makes me laugh and keeps the show so much more entertaining. And it's always fun when Carrie Ann cries too. I won't lie -- I got all weepy with her after Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's freestyle on the finale. She brings more emotion to the show and balances out Len's seriousness and Bruno's drama perfectly.
The three of them fit together like pieces of a puzzle, so it's hard to understand why DWTS producers would even consider monkeying with things.
But they're probably concerned with ratings, in which case there is one key thing they can do to make next season more interesting to viewers without making any casting changes with the judges.
Why don't they get a little bit more creative when it comes to choosing the dancing cast? And what I mean by creative is selecting contestants who will add more drama and intrigue to the show. For starters, they need to take a good look at the single pros and start pairing them up with stars they could potentially have a romantic connection with.
Fans looovvvveee speculating about the couples getting down and dirty behind the scenes. Remember how nuts everyone went during the All-Star season trying to figure out if Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy were dating? Hell, there are some of us who still can't get enough of those two. (I'm not obsessed with them. I swear.)
In addition to potential hookups, they should also think about casting more controversial peeps. As sad and unfair as it was, fans loved to hate Bristol Palin -- and I'm sure she kept more than a few coming back for more simply because they couldn't stand her.
And then there are stars with really loyal fan bases, like reality TV people. Signing on contestants from The Bachelor, Real Housewives, etc. will draw in more viewers simply because they can't resist seeing their favorite "celebs" dance, even if they aren't huge fans of the show.
See? There's no need to fix what isn't broken by switching up the judges. (Maybe they should think about hiring me to cast this thing from now on.)
Do you think the show would be the same without Len, Carrie Ann, and Bruno?
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