How Voting Will Change for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 28

The fans of Dancing with the Stars have always had a hand in picking the winner of the show through voting. It has been revealed voting will change now the show is back after its long break.

How will it change? This is what has been announced including the other twists that will be coming up this season.

The judges will have more power this season

The show got backlash in the past for fans having too much power. Bobby Bones won last season despite him not being the best dancer. It sounds like the show might have addressed this issue.

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba are all reportedly returning to judge the competition. Host Tom Bergeron told Entertainment Tonight that they will have a “little extra oomph” this season.

It has yet to be revealed what that means. The dance professional and celebrity partners are also being kept secret until the show premieres.

There will now be live voting

Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy of 'Dancing with the Stars'
Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

“We wanted to do something a little different this year,” executive producer Andrew Llinares said according to Us Weekly. “After 27 seasons it’s tough. We want to keep the show fresh for you guys. We just thought it would be kind of fun to to hold off on revealing the partners to the audience until the premiere. … I think it’s a fun little twist.”

Fans would vote in the past, but there would be some time to see the results. There will be a much quicker turnaround this season.

“We’ve been off air for a year so we want to make this season really, really special and make it bigger, more exciting and more fun than it’s ever been,” said Llinares.

He continued, “One thing we are going to do is introduce live voting on the program this season, which is something we haven’t done before. You’ll see the result at the end of that show based upon what happened that night.”

West Coast fans can still vote

Some fans on the West Coast might be worried about being left out. However, they can still get involved in this new voting process.

“The West Coast can still vote, but it will be voting when the show goes on for the first time,” said the executive producer according to Entertainment Tonight. “What we love about it is, if someone comes and does a great dance that night, but say they didn’t have a great dance the week before, they can come back, they can redeem themselves… We’re voting based on these dances that actual night.”

It looks like fans will have to watch the show live this season to keep their favorite celebrities on the show. Fans have already been outspoken ahead of the season premiere.

Sean Spicer getting cast has gotten a lot of backlash. Many threatened to boycott this season in response. Bergeron also shared a statement saying he was against political casting this season.

Time will tell how voting will affect this season. It will also reveal the power judges will now have over the competition.