Dancing With the Stars: Season 17’s New Format

When Dancing With the Stars began the season, I wasn’t sure if I would like the new format. I always enjoyed the second night, even though I felt it had a lot of filler. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I found the show adapted well to being on one night and I didn’t feel that I missed out because they no longer had Dancing With the Stars on for two nights.

A lot of people have said that this show has seen better days and should probably end. But I think the new format has given Dancing With the Stars some new life. Of course, it helped that new dance challenges were added this season. My favorite challenges were the plugged/unplugged and fusion dances. Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff did a fantastic Tango and Rumba to Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” and Amber Riley and Derek Hough were nearly perfect with their Jazz and Viennese Waltz to “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.

The celebrities all did a great job with their fusion dances. I thought it was fun to see two different dance styles melded into one dance. Amber Riley came out on top with this dance, which I believe won her the mirrorball trophy. I hope Dancing With the Stars keeps this dance challenge for next season.

I’m curious to see what will happen when Dancing With the Stars returns in the spring. Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet hinted that they have some surprises planned for next season.  Will it have more dance challenges? Will Dancing With the Stars invite more celebrities who know how to dance? It certainly made this season more interesting.

What would you like to see next season?

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2 thoughts on “Dancing With the Stars: Season 17’s New Format

  1. Joan says:

    I have to agree with you. I thought I would miss the 2nd night of DWTS, but they seemed to meld everything in on one night. It worked for me. I was amazed with Amber and Corbin’s dancing ability. They were both great. My favorite was Corbin, as I thought he was truly another Bob Fosse. Amber was very good with her routines too. Thought they both deserved the Mirror Ball. Unfortunately that it doesn’t work that way.

  2. Diane Mann says:

    I agree totally. I was tired of watching a show that seemed to find celebs that could not dance. To put it simply, why were they even on the show? I always thought that two nights was a ridiculous waste of time and not necessary. Glad to see that this year they got smart! Of course, the show was in trouble and, obviously, the shows execs could see the writing on the wall. They had to step it up to save it. For me, Amber deserved to win. She was a great dancer and is very talented. But, I was very impressed with Jack Osbourne. Having MS is a struggle, which our son and our entire family know. To see him do all that dancing, which was most difficult for him, was, to say the least, very uplifting. He, more than anyone on the show, had to try harder and keep up with the heavy dance schedule. Long hours and tedious work is not good for MS, but he did it. He showed everyone with MS or any permanent disease not to give up, to keep fighting and going on with your every day living. So, for me, Jack Osbourne took the spotlight! Hope he continues to never give up!

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