Some fans of “Dancing With the Stars” are wondering if there will be new judges for the show’s 31st season given ABC’s move to Disney+.
Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli have both confirmed their return to the show for the upcoming season, which is set to begin in fall 2022.
Hough announced he will return for the new season in early 2022. per paradeand Tonioli announced he will be returning after officially leaving Strictly Come Dancing to focus more on Dancing With the Stars, he told BBC One.
With those two already confirmed, there’s no reason to think there could be any major changes in the judging panel, but fans were still speculating as to who might be starring there. It’s still possible that Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman will return for the show’s next season.
Fans believe there could be new judges
in one Reddit threadone fan said the only thing they were sure about when it came to the panel was Hough’s return.
“With the new judges on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ for some reason I think we could have a revolution and some new faces,” the post reads. “Would anyone object to Mary Murphy joining as a judge? She’s a familiar face and a household name, she’s the judge at SYTYCD who knows the ballroom best. So she’s a true professional and not just some random person sitting on a jury. I don’t know if she would, but if she came and replaced someone (like Carrie Ann), I would be fine with that.”
People quickly responded with their thoughts.
“My feeling is that Len might go because they want someone younger and maybe CA or Bruno.” one person answered. “Honestly, I might not care about having a big name. Just get me a judge who’s fun, friendly, knows what he’s talking about, and can offer constructive criticism.”
Another fan wishes for more familiar faces on the panel.
“I would love Cheryl [Burke] and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] come in as judges, at least for a season, to try it out,” reads an answer.
another said They would like to see professional dancers Debbie Allen, Derek Hough, Anna Treybunskaya and Mia Michaels as judges on the show.
Some fans want three judges instead of four
Over the seasons, the panel of judges has rotated back and forth between three judges — usually Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman — and four judges, including Julianne Hough or Derek Hough.
However, some people like the three-judge format more than the four-judge format.
“I hope Derek comes back” one person wrote. “But I don’t like the four-person jury, that seems exaggerated! I would prefer if we go back to three!”
Another person answered“I keep saying that over and over again. I would have made Derek head choreographer and had three new judges.”
Dancing With the Stars returns to a new home in Fall 2022. The show will now air live exclusively on Disney+ instead of ABC.
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