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‘DWTS’ Will Reportedly Stick To Three Judges For Season 32

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Since Len Goodman announced his retirement at the end of DWTS Season 31, fans have been trying to figure out who will take his place. Retired pro dancer Cheryl Burke really wanted the coveted seat, but later revealed that the production team turned her down. Rumors also circled that ballroom legend Shirley Ballas would take over for Len. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case either.

In a new interview, Shirley Ballas seemed to reveal that Len Goodman won’t be replaced at all. Instead, she seemed to allude that DWTS will proceed with three judges for Season 32.

Keep reading to learn more about the interview and what could happen moving forward.

DWTS likely won’t be replacing Len Goodman

For some, Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas seemed like the obvious choice to take the reins from Len Goodman.

“Her experience is unrivaled and she has made no secret of the fact she’d love to spend more time with her son Mark, who is based in the US with his wife,” one source allegedly said to The Sun. “She could hold both her Strictly job and a new role on Dancing With The Stars – as Len did for years.”

But fans shouldn’t get their hopes up yet.

Derek Hough and Len Goodman from DWTS, Instagram
Len Goodman & Derek Hough/Instagram

Shirley Ballas recently sat down with Loose Women to discuss a recent cosmetic procedure. But since her son is the reigning champion of DWTS Season 31, the show came up.

As much as Shirley would love to live near her son Mark Ballas again, it doesn’t appear that she has any reason to relocate to the United States. In the interview, Shirley revealed that it sounds like the exec team isn’t trying to replace Len Goodman at all.

“I spoke to Conrad Green. I think at the moment they’re gonna keep it to three judges,” the 62-year-old judge said. Conrad Green is the current executive producer for the show.

Plans could of course change between now and September, but DWTS fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about a fourth judge.

Check out the interview below:

So what does this mean for the current judges?

If the DWTS exec team opts not to replace Len Goodman, then that leaves Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough as the remaining judges. The show generally designates a head judge, which would likely be Carrie Ann Inaba or Bruno Tonioli due to their seniority. Derek Hough still holds the record as the pro dancer with the most Mirrorball Trophy wins, but he’s only been a judge for the past three seasons.

And with three judges, there won’t be any issues when it comes to eliminations. When there were four, the judges were often split on who they wanted to save and who they wanted to send home. Ultimately, this meant the decision was up to Len Goodman — a move that was largely unpopular with fans. With three judges, there is a simple majority.

When DWTS Season 32 returns this fall, there will still likely be guest judges now and then. Fans will just have to stick around and see what happens next.

Check back soon for more news and updates on Dancing With The Stars.

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