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'Dancing with the Stars' hires new music director to replace Harold Wheeler

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Dancing with the Stars’ who fired longtime bandleader Harold Wheeler earlier this week has announced his replacement. Ray Chew will be taking over as the musical director for season 18 according to a Feb. 7 post on USA Today.

Chew’s band will consist of a new group of singers and musicians that can handle the demanding musical needs of the dance competition show, including classics from the past ranging to today’s pop hits.

Conrad Green, executive director of “Dancing with the Stars” says Chew is among “the most versatile and dynamic musicians working today. It promises to be a spectacular season.”

You might not know it but if you watched the 65th Annual Emm Awards, you have already sampled his work. Othere appearances include “American Idol,” “It's Showtime at the Apollo” and the Democratic National Convention.

Chew will begin as musical director for “Dancing with the Stars when season 18 kicks off on Monday, March 17. He replaces Harold Wheeler who was with the show for the first 17 seasons.

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