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Harold Wheeler and his live band are fired from 'Dancing With the Stars'

USA reported on February 4, 2014 that ABC did the unthinkable. They fired the orchestra which supplied the music for "Dancing With the Stars." Harold Wheeler and the 28 member live band supplied the music since the show began 17 years ago.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Derek Hough from Season 17 of 'Dancing With The Stars' visits 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on November 27, 2013 in New York City. (
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Derek Hough from Season 17 of 'Dancing With The Stars' visits 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on November 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images

On Monday, when the news was confirmed, Ray Hair responded, "People who love Dancing With the Stars also love the superb performances of the orchestra because it is such an integral part of the show. The tight, elaborate musical productions that catapulted the show into the top 10 in 17 countries can't be duplicated by recordings and a small combo. Viewers, whether they are young or old, will reject that as artistic fraud."

So who is going to replace Harold and his orchestra? They are going to use sound recordings and a small electric band. Apparently they are hoping this kind of music will attract a younger audience.

Ray is afraid that ABC's reasoning for firing the orchestra will backfire. Instead of raising the ratings, he thinks the show can't survive.

BBC Worldwide and ABC said in a joint statement, "Our talented Music Director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck."

What do you think? Will this be the end of "Dancing With the Stars" or do you think it can survive this big a change?