"Dancing With the Stars" casting spoilers seem to be on summer hiatus, but the soon-to-be-revamped ABC dancing competition - it's being trimmed down to one night a week -- won't be doing a complete housecleaning before its September premiere.
In May, the New York Post reported that the show's longtime judges were without a contract for Season 17, and the consensus at the time was that Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman would likely be gone. In addition, pro dancer Derek Hough was reported to be sitting out the fall season, while Mark Ballas was said to be in talks for his own reality show.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, Hough will be back next season. The four-time mirrorball champ even said he's looking forward to the show sans the second, fluff-filled results night.
"I really feel like it's going to be a much better show," he said. "It's going to be high impact and nonstop."
Meanwhile, Mark Ballas's future on the show is a little more unclear. In a recent interview with Wetpaint, he said he's "still in the dark" on his show status.
"The [cast] announcement is usually two days after we find out if we're on. That's how tight they keep it," he said. But Ballas dished that he is a fan of the show's new format.
"I think the demo will stay stronger, the fans will stay stronger on a Monday because you get all the action all in the same day," he said. "It's action-packed. I think that it will keep the show around a lot longer and keep people interested, so it could be a cool move."
On the judges' front, Bruno Tonioli recently tweeted that he will be back on the panel next season. He wrote to a follower: "of course miss my American friends and fans will be back soon x. B"
Carrie Ann Inaba also used Twitter to confirm her return, writing: "Yes, It's official, I'm coming back as a judge this season. :) Season 17 here we come! #DWTS."
As for Len Goodman, the longtime "DWTS" judge has not confirmed his status for the American version of the show, but the UK's News Shopper recently reported that he's confirmed to return to the "Strictly Come Dancing" judging panel in September. "Strictly" is the original version of the show, set in the UK.
By the way, no matter where he's judging, Len's dream dancing contestant is Simon Cowell.
"If he came on it, I'd go on 'X Factor,'" the 66-year-old dance coach said. "I'd probably sing 'Oh What a Beautiful Morning' or something like that. I'd probably be as good at singing as Simon would be at dancing."
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 17 premieres on Sept. 16 on ABC.
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