New judges? Worse dancers? A new report claims some major changes are coming to ABC’s former ratings giant.
Is ABC planning to shake things up on the dance floor? According to a report from the New York Post, a sharp drop in ratings for the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars finale — down nearly three million viewers from last year’s ender — is causing the powers-that-be to rethink what makes the show tick.
“The show needs a total makeover,” a show insider tells the Post, suggesting there may only be one cycle per year from now on. A more drastic possibility, the same insider suggests, would be to change some of the judges around. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tunioli currently fill those seats on the panel.
DWTS may also focus on recruiting celebrities purely for entertainment, even if they have two left feet.
“Turns out people didn’t want to see people who could dance,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said this week at a financial conference in NYC. “They wanted people who couldn’t dance.”
(I hate to admit that could be true, but hey, remember how people obsessed over that fox-trotting train wreck Kate Gosselin?)
The show is scheduled to return for its 16th season in March, and an ABC rep tells HollywoodLife.com, “No official decision has been made for fall, but we certainly expect the show to return.”
If you were to give DWTS a facelift, what would you change? The judges? The dancers? Drop a comment with your prescription for bringing ABC’s once-ratings smash back to its former glory.
— Andy Swift
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