Longtime Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman announced on the live show Nov. 14 that he would be retiring at the end of season 31. Fans immediately began talking about who they think the show will put on the judging panel in Goodman’s place — and one pro in particular may have dropped some hints.
Cheryl Burke teased that she has big news to announce “soon”.
During a live Q&A on Instagram with her subscribers, Burke was asked if she would return professionally in the ballroom world after leaving the show. She had a firm no to that, but teased that she hopes to “soon announce news” that will keep it on fans’ TV screens.
No, that would be negative [on returning to competing]. Competition is a whole different beast than Dancing With the Stars. I would retire as a woman in the competitive world, especially as a pro, I would say early 30s. I’m in my late 30s… I have to listen to my body telling me it’s time. It’s time. It’s time to hang up the dancing shoes.
Thanks for all your sweet comments about dancing, I will miss you too. But hopefully I’ll still be gracing your TV screens, so we’ll see. Let’s see if I have any news to announce soon. I hope just wait I’m waiting for it to happen, so hopefully it will happen soon.
Fans believe Burke has hinted at taking over Goodman
On Reddit, fans think that any conversations about Burke’s retirement where she says she’d love to be a part of the show in some way means she’s hinted at joining the judging panel.
After her elimination in Season 31, Burke opposite “Entertainment Tonight” in an interview after the show: “Give me another job on the show. There are many different titles. But I’ve had the same thing since 2006. Hopefully it’s within that family – if not that’s fine too – but like everyone you know you like promotions.”
She added: “I mean, without commercial breaks, they can squeeze one more [judge] in there, right?”
In which Reddit thread About her After Goodman announced his retirement, fans are confident that she will be announced as the new judge.
The original poster also later wrote“I feel like Cheryl has been pushing for this over the last year,” said a second commenter answered“Agree, I have a feeling she must have had insight into Len leaving, hence her recent announcement!”
Another fan wrote“Cheryl has fought online and on her podcast … basically begging to be a judge.”
A fan wrote“Cheryl deserves to be a judge.”
Hopefully all will be revealed when Goodman does his final episode, the season 31 finale of “Dancing With the Stars,” which airs on Disney Plus on Monday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
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