Dancing With the Stars Replacing Judges For Season 17 — Report
Dancing With the Stars has been on for 16 glorious seasons, and in that time, judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba have offered their critiques, colorful commentary, and dancing skills to the Mirror Ball hopefuls. However, next season, we may be seeing celebrities at the table instead.
According to a new report from the New York Post, the trio isn’t confirmed to return. “No one has a confirmed contract yet,” a show source tells The Post. “I think Bruno [Tonioli] will be back, but Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Len [Goodman] are probably gone.”
Could this have something to do with the show wanting to “age down” its cast? Clearly, 16-year-old Disney starlet Zendaya brought a young edge to the competition, and in turn, younger fans to the notoriously-older demographic.
"One of the critical things each cycle is to make sure we nail the casting. You saw us aging down Bachelor this year with some spectacular casting,” ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee said during an upfronts conference call. “So certainly we're going to make sure as we focus on Monday, we focus as well on casting that will help us age it down."
However, a source tells E! News that though there “definitely will be format changes,” nothing is decided about casting for next season... yet.
"It's true no one is locked in under contract yet, but that's not necessarily unusual at this stage," a source close to the show 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."
Would you still watch without Len, Bruno, and Carrie Ann? Do you think that DWTS should go the American Idol route and have an all-celeb judging panel now? Sound off below!