Carrie Ann Inaba told Celebuzz she's going into this season with "way higher standards" and everyone should expect “tougher judging.” “We have to,” she said. “I mean, they've done this before. So I hope the celebs are ready for that, 'cause I don't think they are. I don't think anyone's told them that we're gonna have higher standards for them, but we will!"
All 13 of the celebs have been through the DWTS process before, and all but two of the contestants are finalists — including six season champions. As host Tom Bergeron told People, "You can't just start the season with 9s and 10s, 'cause where do you go?”
That’s true, but it’s probably going to drive the pros even crazier than the contestants. If they put together a routine that would ordinarily get an 8 or a 9 and it gets a 6 — expect to see steam coming out of some ears.
It’s not clear if tougher judging is the only tweak for the table or if there’s still more meat to executive producer Conrad Green’s previous tease that they would probably “recalibrate judges” this season. Should we expect guests?