‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 28 Will Include a Change to the Format of the Show

The competition show has been around for quite some time. Now that it’s coming back after a long break it will reportedly be a little different. Find out what was said about Dancing with the Stars season 28’s format and what changes were made to the cast.

Dancing with the Stars fans were angry about last season’s results

Tom Bergeron, Sharna Burgess, Bobby Bones
Tom Bergeron, Sharna Burgess, Bobby Bones | Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Bobby Bones won season 27 with dance partner Sharna Burgess. This was controversial given he wasn’t close to being the highest scoring celebrity that season. Alfonso Ribeiro, who won season 19, said the show should change its voting system.

“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,'” he said according to Yahoo.

“And that person, who has no business being in the finals, ends up [in] the finals,” he continued. “You hurt your own show by doing that. They’ve got to change the voting on the show. Personally, that’s just my opinion.”

There were many fans who agreed so there was some backlash. Now it seems like this season might address that problem.

There will be format changes

Dancing with the Stars didn’t have a spring season this year for the first time. There was a rumor this was due to a drop in ratings. “That’s why so many pros did the tour, and [judge] Carrie Ann Inaba took The Talk job,” a source told Us Weekly.

Karey Burke, ABC’s entertainment president teased that this season will change the competition. According to TV Line, Burke said there will be “format tweaks.”

“It’s about [shifting] the focus of the show to really focus on it being a celebration of dance, and also focusing on the celebrities,” teased the president. Burke said this will be done by “leaning into its strengths” of the show as “the most entertaining dance show on television.”

The cast has been announced

This season has an interesting mix of celebrities. There are also some changes with the professional dancers.

The celebrities are Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek, supermodel Christie Brinkley, country singer Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, retired NFL star Ray Lewis, The Office actress Kate Flannery, comedian Kel Mitchell, The Supremes singer Mary Wilson, Hannah Brown of The Bachelorette, Karamo Brown of Queer Eye, NBA player Lamar Odom, and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The professional dancers are Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater, Cheryl Burke. This season also includes newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov.

Many fans guessed that Brown was cast before the announcement. The Bachelorette star talked about her feelings about competing.

“I’m so excited. I want a fresh start, something that I can, you know, go all in with emotionally, physically, spiritually and I think dancing is something that I can do that with,” she said on Good Morning America.