There are many things that fans have come to expect from “Dancing with the Stars, The dance routines, the spray tans, the sequins notwithstanding, the music is also a tremendous part of the show. On Feb. 2, Matt Carter made a post about how the show’s big band is being ditched in favor of a small electronic band and some pre-recorded pieces.
Not every band rendition was amazing but given the short time frame they had to learn pieces and the variety they were asked to perform, the band was one of the most underrated parts of the show. The American Federation of Musicians has confirmed the change is factual and ABC is leaving the big band behind for season 18.
The show is trying to reach a younger demographic. With most of the music currently played on the radio being pop-oriented and not big bands sounds, the move begins to make sense. There may be some cost-saving measures going on here as well but statistics have shown the show’s numbers in the key 18-49 demographic are still low, even after parsing the competition from 2 nights to just 1 last season.
If there is an upside to this for fans who liked the big band feel it’s that the extra room might allow for some more elaborate performances. Then again, maybe they fill it with seats and sell more tickets. Who knows?
The cast for season 18 has not yet been announced though casting rumors are swirling. Tune in March 17 when “Dancing with the Stars” returns.
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