When Len Goodman casually announced on the “Dancing With the Stars” season finale that he might not be coming back, fans were worried. Now there appears to be another judge who is considering leaving the show as well. Bruno Tonioli might not be coming back in the fall either. According to Enstarz on Friday, the “Dancing With the Stars” judge has always made it well known that if Len Goodman leaves he would too.
Bruno Tonioli along with Len Goodman offer up a critical eye for the dance show and remind viewers it is about the dancing (and not just the emotion) of the ballroom performance that needs to be reviewed. The judges have become stars in their own right and give people views based on what might be seen in dance competitions around the world.
The two judges can’t be blamed for wanting to make change in their schedules. With weekly commutes back and forth to England, the two judges are also on Britain's version of the show, called “Strictly Come Dancing.” They make transatlantic flights weekly in order to judge both of the shows and sacrifice many hours on an airplane to make the shows work.
If Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman leaves the show that means only Carrie Ann Inaba remains from the original cast. While the chairs behind the desk could be filled with celebrities who dance for a living, they might not have as much influence (or respect) as Bruno and Len are given.
While the judges look to be changing, it appears to be no change for the hosting duties. Tom Bergeron shared with Zap2It that he is satisfied with Erin Andrews co-hosting the reality show with him. The new addition to the cast had some viewers wondering if she fits. She isn't a multi-faceted host and compared to Tom she definitely needs to work on her timing for live television.
“Dancing With the Stars” fans would miss Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman. Let’s hope the two stars consider sticking around for one more season.