Credit: ABC

It's too bad Dancing With the Stars didn't do this last season — we could've joked about half points for Half-Pint Melissa Gilbert! But it would've been a lame joke then too. The scoring is real, though. ABC just announced that, starting with tonight's Season 15 All-Stars premiere, the judges will be able to award whole and half points up to 10 to reflect the higher degree of difficulty on this best-of-the-best reunion season.

We already know the judges are planning to be extra picky this season, so the half-points should help reflect the nuances of each performance — instead of the judges getting all detailed in their critiques and then just flashing the usual 7 or 8 paddles for everyone.

Under the new system, for example, instead of all three judges flashing 7s, maybe Carrie Ann Inaba could give a 7, Len Goodman could do 7.5 and Bruno Tonioli could give 9.5. ('Cause if the dancer in question is sexy, you know Bruno's giving them extra credit.)

What do you think about this scoring change? They must've had to go back to the paddle manufacturer to create special scoring signs!

Source: ABC press release