'DWTS' Judge Drama Might Mean Big Changes for Season 18

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Yesterday the news broke that for next week's episode of Dancing With the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning as a guest judge to help critique the semifinals. But instead of sitting in for Len Goodman, as was the case with guest judges Julianne Hough and Cher, Maks will be joining the crew as a fourth judge -- so we'll get a little more commentary than we're used to.

And I know the story goes that Len had some sort of other commitment that has taken him away from a few shows this season, which is why they needed guest judges. However, I have another theory as to what's really going on with all these new additions.


I am willing to bet money that Len is probably retiring at the end of season 17, so ABC is "auditioning" new judges and formats to see how the show goes without him.

Makes sense, right?

Before season 17 aired, there were plenty of rumors going around about one or all of the DWTS judges being replaced. There was also the possibility of a fourth judge being added into the mix -- so it almost seems like producers are trying out the concepts before deciding what should happen with season 18.

Why would Len agree to some other gig right in the middle of DWTS? It just doesn't make sense. And that's why I think he's definitely on the outs, leaving his space wide open for Julianne, Cher, Maks, or whoever to come in and take over.

I don't know why, I just really have the feeling he's kind of over the whole deal. I guess there's always the possiblity that he'll stay on and a fourth judge will be added -- but considering how long winded Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno are, the show will have to be extended past the two-hour time window if that happens.

Hmm. But if Len does say his goodbyes at the end of season 17 ... he will certainly be missed. The guest judges this season have been fun, but I truly missed his flavorful commentary when he hasn't been around.

If Len retires, who do you think should replace him?


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