‘Dancing with the Stars’: Is This the Real Reason Season 28 Won’t Return This Spring?

Dancing with the Stars

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In a way, Dancing with the Stars always feels like it’s on television because it comes on during the fall and spring every year. But in 2019 the show is breaking tradition which might say something about the show’s future. So what does it mean that it won’t return this spring? Here is everything we know so far about the long break.

Dancing with the Stars isn’t coming back until the fall

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess on Dancing with the Stars | ABC/Craig Sjodin

The show just came off of Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess winning Season 27, which was a controversial win. The first run of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors also just ended. Now it’s being reported that Season 28 won’t come back until the fall.

Co-host Tom Bergeron tweeted about the news, “As predicted, we’ll see you in September, and we’ll make sure it’s worth the wait!” But was this news predictable? Well, the cast reportedly knew this was coming despite it being a surprise to fans.

The ratings reportedly dropped for multiple versions of the show

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson attend ABC's "Dancing With The Stars

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

The dancing show has really tried to reinvent itself multiple times. There was the all-athlete shorter version and juniors. But according to Us Weekly, the ratings haven’t met expectations despite trying to keep things fresh.

The news of no spring season was already spread to the cast. “That’s why so many pros did the tour, and [judge] Carrie Ann Inaba took The Talk job,” a source told Us Weekly. When talking about the dance competition on The Talk, Inaba said it has “hit its mark.”

Season 28 is reportedly being planned like it’s the show’s last and will be cast with fan favorites

Karina Smirnoff and Apolo Ohno on Dancing with the Stars

Karina Smirnoff and Apolo Ohno on Dancing with the Stars | ABC

It’s still not official, but sources claim that the next season could be the last. So it is reportedly going to be cast with fan favorites including Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Mark Ballas. “They want to have a great last season if there is just one season left,” a source told Us Weekly.

Even if this might not exactly be the case, the extended break could be used to brainstorm possible changes to the show’s format. After all, there was a huge outcry when Bobby Bones won given he had the lowest scores out of his fellow competitors in last season’s finale.

Season 19 winner, Alfonso Ribeiro called for a change in the voting system afterward. “I think what ends up happening is a lot of people think, ‘Oh I don’t need to vote for them because they’re so good, they’re automatically going to be there, I just want to continue seeing this person,’” Ribeiro told Yahoo. “And that person, who has no business being in the finals, ends up the finals. You hurt your own show by doing that. They’ve got to change the voting on the show. Personally, that’s just my opinion.”

Or perhaps they might take more time to get a stellar cast together. The show is known for asking many celebrities to join but they have refused. Last season it also tried something new by casting social media influencer, Alexis Ren.

There are many possibilities of what the longer preparation time for Season 28 means. Fans will have to wait and see what it will lead to and if it will really be its last season.

Read more: ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Which Professional Dancer Has Won the Most?

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