Changes made to season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars”

Bianca Cacciola, Reporter

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Season 28 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has come and gone with a new champion crowned. The most recent star of “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown, and her partner, professional dancer Alan Bersten, were named the winners of the 12-week dance competition on Nov. 25. 

While the new champion has faced backlash on her win, the majority of complaints have been with the show’s changes for their 28th season. “DWTS” took a full year off of airing to review and refine some of the fundamentals of the show that fans were growing unhappy with. 

One of the biggest changes this season saw was with the voting. In previous seasons, shocking eliminations would happen due to how heavy the fan’s votes counted in their overall score. The winner of season 27, country-radio host Bobby Bones, won primarily due to America’s votes, being as he did not receive a perfect-10 from the judges until the finale and was at the bottom of the leaderboard nearly every week. After Bones was crowned as the champion, people lost interest in the show and called for change.

They changed the voting by adding the judges save to each elimination. America’s vote still helped the stars’ overall scores, but with the judge’s deciding which of the bottom two were eliminated, it was believed to have ensured that the better dancer stayed in the competition. Most fan’s felt that this change still did not help favoritism due to the frontrunner James Van Der Beek being booted when he faced elimination against the judge’s favorite dancer Ally Brooke. 

Another change “DWTS” faced were new professional dancers. Usually, new dancers would be hired as troupe members who danced background for the celebrity’s dances, but the show axed the troupe as a whole. The show had reserved the professional dancers in March to work for them in September, this restricts the dancers from booking any gigs throughout the duration of the season. About a week before the cast was announced, the show let go of the troupe dancers and two fan-favorite pros which shot their chances of working dancing gigs for fall. 

The show decided to hire two new professionals Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach, married couple and previous competitors on “World of Dance.” The addition of these two pros led to the let go of season 27 mirror-ball champ Sharna Burgess and 10-year pro-Artem Chigvintsev, which upset fans. 

While the show has had its fair share of controversy surrounding the most recent season, it has a loyal fan-base that continues to watch the show each season and votes for the celebrities. Not everyone will agree and be happy about every detail on the show, not everyone’s favorite celebrity will win, and not everyone will think the same. It is a dance-competition show, people are going to lose. While it is okay to be upset that your favorite lost, it also is okay to celebrate the different opinions everyone has.

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