We discussed this at some length over on PureDWTS, and many of you probably saw us discussing it over there, but I thought that I would post about it here since Derek has apparently weighed in. I may add more to this post tonight if I find he’s discussed it in other places. From Today.com:
After hosting ballroom boots for 16 seasons, the Tuesday night results show on “Dancing With the Stars” will soon be sent packing too. Starting next season, ABC will only broadcast one two-hour episode of the dance competition each week.
Host Tom Bergeron and several of the show’s veteran pro dancers shared their thoughts on the move after the most recent results show.
“I’m kind of a ‘the glass is half full’ type guy,” Bergeron told TODAY.com on the red carpet leading into the show’s 300th episode party. “I get the rationale behind it. There’s no denying that our numbers have been slipping.”
The impetus behind axing the Tuesday results show is to drive those viewers to the Monday performance and get a stronger rating there.
Plus, it’ll keep producers from wracking their brains on how to fill up three hours of programming each week.
“I have two minds about it,” said Derek Hough, the competition’s only three-time champion. “The show is going to make it work and it’ll be fantastic, but I’m going to miss doing special performances on the Tuesday shows. I will enjoy having that extra day of rehearsal on Tuesday.”
Really, Derek’s reasoning is the only reason I would be upset about it. Think of the dances he’s created for the results show. The Paso with Chelsie, the DaD with Anna, Defying Gravity, dances with Allison Holker…the list goes on. But as someone else said in that article – as the season goes on and people are eliminated, they will have more time to fill. And besides, it’s about time for Derek to be a movie star and producer in his own right.