It's easily one of the most popular competition shows on television, but Dancing With the Stars is in for a big change— ABC has decided to reduce the show's broadcast time for all future seasons.
Instead of airing two nights a week, the network plans to run the show during one two-hour block on Monday nights.
In Touch caught up with the DWTS pros to see how they feel about the new setup. Here’s what they had to say:
Peta Murgatroyd: I think it's a good move and I'm being positive about it. I think jam packing everything into two hours is going to be beneficial for us. We may actually get a younger crowd watching the show and it's going to be a lot more exciting. We will have different dancers and an elimination on the same night. It should just be more thrilling to watch.
Cheryl Burke: It’s obviously sad because we’ve been going twice a week for the past 16 seasons. But I think it’s going to be a great change; it’ll keep people interested in the show. You’re going to see lots of entertainment, competitors and an elimination every single Monday. It’s basically a three hour show packed into one [two-hour] show and I think it’s going to keep people wanting more, which is what we’re trying to do.
Bruno Tonioli: We did it with one night in the beginning. But I’ve done the UK show and I’ve done the Australia show and it’s always on two nights. In some territories, sometimes the results show is pre-recorded - depending on the time - but it has been done. Usually the format is that the second day the axe will swing, so you’ll get a double whammy.
Derek Hough: I’m at two minds about it. I think we could make it work and it will be fantastic - the same show just a lot bigger. I think that's exciting. I will miss being able to do certain special performances because of the time, but I will enjoy the extra day to rehearse for the Monday show.
Tony Dovolani: I was shocked at first, but I think our show is so incredible and Monday is such a strong show, that if we bring it all together, it may be even more amazing. When we have two hours of contestants and results at the same time, I think it will make the show more exciting.
But this season isn't over yet! Tune in tonight to see the final four - Zendaya, Kellie Pickler, Jacoby Jones and Aly Raisman - go head-to-head at 8 pm on ABC.
How do you feel about the show change?