Dancing With the Stars never fails to keep things interesting, and according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, all the changes can … well, complicate things.
Since the hit ABC dance competition show first premiered in 2005, Carrie, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman have given notes and scores to an impressive roster of celebrity contestants. But in 2020, the judges’ lineup had to be switched up for season 29. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions didn’t allow Len to go from the U.K. to Los Angeles to fulfill his judging duties, which led to the show tapping former ballroom dance pro Derek Hough instead.
Now, with season 30 in full swing, Len is back at the judges’ table alongside Carrie, Bruno and Derek. While Carrie has been supportive of Derek joining the Dancing With the Stars panel permanently this year, she recently admitted that having a fourth member has its cons — namely, a crunch on time when it matters the most.
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Speaking with TV Insider, the former dancer and choreographer opened up about what it’s been like having a new judge on the ABC show. While he isn’t the first to be in this role (his sister Julianne Hough was a judge before for several seasons), it’s a little different given the incredibly competitive cast in the milestone 30th season.
“It means [we have] more expertise,” Carrie told the outlet about Derek staying on as a judge. “The one thing that’s more challenging with four of us is that I don’t have the same allotted amount of time to speak [after the couples dance]. I don’t always get to say all I want to say.”
“I give contestants advice on what to work on for next week. Sometimes, I don’t feel I can get to it as eloquently as I’d like,” she continued. “I don’t get to [deliver] the compliments along with what to work on. It’s because of time. I think the couples want to hear how they can improve, so I try to get to that part right away.”
And Carrie’s not wrong about the timing issue. Week after week, folks take to Twitter to complain about the show feeling “rushed,” especially when it comes time for elimination. This year in particular, it’s become customary for DWTS competitors to say goodbye while the end credits roll.
With the finale airing next week, we have a feeling we’ll soon find out if Derek will be back for a potential season 31 of Dancing With the Stars. And if he is, the show can hopefully figure out a better way to give everyone enough air time to share their thoughts — especially Carrie.
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