“Dancing with the Stars” has a new show runner, Rob Wade, and he’s expressed a wish to have Simon Cowell on Season 19 of the hit dance competition show as a guest judge. Wade, who replaces Conrad Green, has a number of ides, according to Enstarz on July 23.
Wade said, "He is a phenomenal talent. I would love him to come and guest judge on our show. I have got to find out when he is in LA." Can he pull it off? There is a possibility as the two worked together on “The X Factor.”
The sentiment would seem to support the notion that the show will continue the practice of using guest judges in the upcoming season. Last year saw numerous guest judges including reed Foo, Donny Osmond, Abbey Miller and Juliette Hough.
What about the status of the three original judges? Wade seems to think all three will be back.
"For the moment, we are looking at three. There is a possibility for a fourth," he revealed. "We are talking about that possibility. But we have to see. I think you have just got to get the right mix of people. I think Bruno [Tonioli], Len [Goodman] and Carrie Ann [Inaba] are brilliant. Certainly wouldn't lose any of them..."
So a fourth judge could be joining the cast! Cowell would only be a guest judge and too similar to the Len, the acerbic head judge and fellow Brit. Who is in contention for that fourth judge’s spot? According to Christian Today, it could be Season 18 professional champion, Maks Chmerkovskiy.
Maks has made no secret of his wish to be a judge. Some say he has been waiting for Len to step down. Is it a possibility? According to the report, it is. "Maks really, really wants to be a judge," a source said. "[He's] just waiting to see what Len decides before he makes his announcement."
Wade confirmed he won’t be making sweeping changes to the popular show. "Look, viewers love the show. I would be a fool to go in there and say, 'I want to put my stamp on this. I am going to go in there and shake things up.'" he said. "But there are a couple of significant changes that I am in the process of making that I think people will notice."
He also confirmed that both Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will be returning in their respective roles of host and co-host. The celebrity cast is expected to be announced in late August, though rumors are already swirling. The premiere for Dancing with the Stars Season 19 is Monday, Sept. 15 on ABC.