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What Could Season 29 of 'Dancing with the Stars' Look Like?

As we all know, COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench in everyone's spring and summer plans. From canceled tours to a Hollywood shutdown, we have all been dealing with the Safer At Home orders in some way or another. With networks trying to figure out what the fall TV schedule will look like, we decided to take a guess at what the producers might have in mind for Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars. It's probably in the producers' best interest to not shake things up too much.


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1. Bringing comfort: Familiarity brings comfort to many, so this might be a time for producers to keep the pro roster steady. While we usually prefer them to mix it up a bit, DWTS has a strong list of pros to choose from — from fan favorites like Linsday Arnold and Val Chmerkovskiy to new faces like Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. They also have a ton of veteran talent they could pull from — bringing Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintesev, Anna Trebunskaya or Tony Dovolani would also be big news. 2. Feel-good casting: When it comes to casting, producers should look for people who are going to deliver sunshine each week. It's been a tough year for many, so bringing on celebrities, who aren't related to politics or any other controversial topic, should be at the top of the list. That means leaving Charlie Sheen off the roster for now.


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3. No shenanigans: DWTS always likes a judging controversy or two, but can our brains handle it this season? Just give us Trio Week, Most Memorable Year and a big finale. Let the rest of the weeks be filled with dance, constructive criticism and a back-to-basics ballroom approach. It's not much to ask because any drama that might unfold happens naturally on its own — there's no need to produce the storylines in an exhausting year like 2020. What do you want to see in Season 29 on Dancing with the Stars?


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