"Dancing with the Stars" is ready to bring week six of the competition to ABC later tonight, but ABC is already looking ahead to next season. A big change could come to the series if ABC goes ahead with season 18, and that change would be at the judge's table. On Monday, Oct. 21, Wetpaint Entertainment shared a new report that "DWTS" is looking to replace Len Goodman on the judging panel.
Goodman has been with the reality competition series since season one, and he is known as the tougher of the three judges. He fills the 'Simon Cowell' spot on the panel. Why would the series want to replace Len Goodman now? The network is trying to save the series from complete cancellation.
The network has already cut down the series from two nights to one, and the ratings are still not what they once were for the celebrity dancing series. Who would they want to bring in? Julianne Hough is being named as a possibility, but she has a busy movie career.
She did appear as a guest judge on this season of the series, and her time at the judging table was controversial. Mark Ballas called her out for being too critical. Hough has been a dancer on the series, but she left "DWTS" several seasons back to focus on movies.
Will she have time to commit to the series now? Not likely. However, an insider on the series revealed that the network is looking for someone new to add to the panel, and that could put Len Goodman out of a job. That someone could be Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He has expressed interest in returning to the series, and he would be willing to take a position on the judging panel. "Dancing with the Stars" will continue to air on Monday nights on ABC.