New Changes to ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Despite other changes, the judges remain the same: Carrie Ann Inaba,
Len Goodman and Bruno Toniolili. Photo: ABC
Let the games begin. The 2013 fall TV season has officially begun and 17th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is in the forefront with season premiere starting tonight, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. It seems that every year the show changes something, but this year’s changes are more significant and if you’re not a fan of the hour long “result show,” there is good news for you.
First, tonight’s show will be the first primetime show to integrate Facebook’s new social media tools on network television during the show. The two companies are partnering together to bring real-time social conversations to the small screen. Here’s how it will work:

Facebook will be bringing the conversations already taking place about “Dancing with the Stars” online to the TV screen by enabling the audience to see how many people on Facebook are talking about the contestants, where the couples are generating the most buzz, whether they’re more popular among males or females, and where their fans live. Real-time conversations about the show from Facebook users will be displayed during the broadcast.
Nick Grudin, Director of Partnerships at Facebook says: “Debuting with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as our first entertainment partner is a natural fit. From cheering for their favorite contestants to debating judging decisions, the show drives passionate conversation from viewers. Now the TV audience will get a real-time snapshot of the social discourse across the nation.”

The second change is more significant as DWTS has eliminated the “Results Show” condensing the two-night affair into just one two-hour event each Monday and eliminating the need to stretch out information that should take only two minutes into 60. Tonight, the stars will dance and you’ll vote. Then, next week, the stars will perform again, and the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. Those scores will be added to your votes from the week one, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of the second episode.

It is a little confusing, so ABC tried to clear the communication up. Here is their take: “So for example, your votes after Week 2 will be combined with the judges’ scores from Week 3 to determine who goes home at the end of Week 3. That means these dancers will have to bring it every week. If they had a bad week followed by a good week, the judges might be their saving grace. But a terrible performance might be enough to cancel out a solid performance the week prior -- you’ll have to watch to find out.”

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