ABC’s Dancing With the Stars dropped some huge news about its new season on the show’s official Instagram page, revealing even more about what to expect for its upcoming episodes, as the series returns after a year-long hiatus.
The popular reality dance competition series will return with a bang on Monday, September 16, revealed the show’s official Instagram page.
Dancing With the Stars aired its final episode of Season 27 in September of 2018, wrapping up its most controversial season ever in early November after only 11 episodes, declaring Bobby Bones and his professional partner, Sharna Burgess, the winners. Fans were infuriated that Bones took home the show’s iconic mirrorball trophy over what they felt were more qualified dancers, such as Disney Channel star Milo Manheim and Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch.
Fans were further upset after it was revealed that the series would not air in its regularly scheduled spot on the network’s Spring schedule. Rumors ran rampant among fans that the show would be reworking its voting system in the wake of Bones’ win, but that has not been officially confirmed by Disney/ABC.
However, series host, Tom Bergeron, hinted at changes to the voting system in June on Twitter.
Bergeron interacted with fans who asked him questions on the social media site, particularly those surrounding Bones and Burgess’ win.
“As I’ve often pointed out, Bobby Bones won fair & square based on the voting rules of the show at that time,” said the unflappable host, with what appears to be a hint towards changes in the show’s voting system in the future.
He also quipped that if there was no dancing, the show would be about “spray-tanned people sharing recipes.”
The show’s official Instagram post attracted responses from several high-profile celebrities and former contestants, including second-place finisher, Manheim, who cheekily asked about the upcoming season, “who am I gonna trio with?”
Show judge Carrie Ann Inaba asked “where are my sequins” in the comments section, followed by fellow judge Bruno Tonioli who wrote “let’s get this party started.”
Up until now, the show’s voting system gave equal weight to the scores presented by the judges at the end of a couple’s routine and the votes placed by the viewers at home. It is unknown how any new voting procedures would provide fairer representation based on the celebrities’ dancing skills rather than their fan-base, a criticism that has previously been made of the show.
Although the voting policy of DWTS had been questioned for years, it was during Season 27 that fans took it to task and blasted the show on social media for allowing celebrities such as Juan Pablo di Pace and Tinashe to be eliminated, and allowing fan favorites such as Bachelor in Paradise star Joe Amabile to make it to the semi-finals.
Dancing With the Stars will return to ABC on Monday, September 16.