‘Dancing with the Stars’: How This New Hire Could Change the Show

Dancing with the Stars is already going through a few changes by having an all-athlete edition of the show. But there are even more shakeups to the show than just special editions. The show is getting a new showrunner.

This new hire has a pretty impressive resume that bodes well for what’s to come. So who is this showrunner and what did he have to say? Here are seven things to know about Andrew Llinares, including  what about the show he wants to keep (page 5) and change (page 6).

1. Andrew Llinares is hired as the new showrunner

Andrew Llinares sits during a press panel.

Andrew Llinares | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

It has been announced that Andrew Llinares has been hired as the new showrunner. Llinares seems excited about the challenge.

The new showrunner told The Hollywood Reporter:

Dancing With the Stars is one of the largest scale shows on television, and I love that it provides a place for me, as a producer, to have big, ambitious ideas that I can then bring to life. It can be quite the undertaking to come in to a show that has been on the air for 25 seasons, but I’m excited about taking on the challenge and finding new ways to take the show forward.

Next: The new showrunner launched this successful show.

2. Llinares previously launched the British version of The X Factor

One Direction performing on 'The X Factor'.

He worked on The X Factor. | X Factor Global via YouTube

The showrunner has a pretty impressive resume. He previously launched the British version of The X Factor.

That reality show went on launch One Direction and Little Mix, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with future celebrities who join the dancing competition.

Next: This is another show the showrunner helped launch.

3. He also launched Britain’s Got Talent

Richard Jones, 2016 winner of 'Britain's Got Talent' holding a black microphone.

Britain’s Got Talent | ITV

As if that wasn’t enough, Llinares also executive produced Britain’s Got Talent. The competition show is still going strong and has had some of its own viral moments.

Next: This is what the new showrunner wants for the show.

4. Llinares hopes to keep the show new and fresh

Judges sitting at a table on 'The X Factor'.

The judges are going to be very entertained. | ABC

The showrunner wants to keep things about the show that makes it wonderful, but also add some changes. “The challenge is to find a way to hold on to the key values of the show while moving it forward while keeping current and fresh,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Next: This is the one thing Llinares wants to keep in the show.

5. He believes story and emotion is key to the show

Snookie crying on stage on 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Dancing with the Stars | NBC

There have been many stars with emotional stories over the years. It looks like that is one of the things Llinares wants to keep on the show.

“It’s definitely about evolution rather than revolution,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Story and emotion are absolutely key for me. With that in mind, I want us to find ways to make the stories on the show even more compelling and the emotional connection which the viewer has to the performances, even stronger.”

Next: This is another change Llinares hopes to add to the show.

6. There might be more surprises coming

Kym Johnson strikes a pose in a glittery dress.

Fans of the show are going to continue getting surprises.  | Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Although the emotional side of the competition will stay the same, there might be more twists and turns coming.

I also want us to come up with ideas that surprise and excite the viewers every week so that they keep coming back for more,” Llinares told The Hollywood Reporter.

Next: Llinares says this is what we’ll see in the all-athlete edition.

7. Llinares teases that the all-athlete edition will bring a new level of intensity

Tonya Harding wearing a black dress at the Golden Globes.

Tonya Harding is rumored to be on the all-athletes version. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The all-athlete edition of the show is here and Llinares teased what we could expect to see.

“Over the years, many athletes who’ve participated as the celebrity dancers on DWTS have gone on to win the Mirror Ball trophy,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They are used to training and competing, so they tend to do very well. I think we’ll see an intensity and level of competition that we may never have seen before on the show.”

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