'Dancing with the Stars' Fires the Harold Wheeler Band
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
If you're a fan of Dancing with the Stars,
then you know that every week, Tom Bergeron takes time out to thank
Harold Wheeler and the big band that plays the live music for all of the
shows. That won't be the case in season 18.
ABC has fired Harold Wheeler and the 28-member band of musicians, arrangers and singers that have been with Dancing with the Stars since the beginning.
The upcoming 18th season of DWTS will instead feature a smaller electronic band and more prerecorded music tracks to accompany the dances. The show actually began using recorded tracks for some of the dances in the most reason season, and it appears the network has decided to continue with that trend.
Given the show's declining ratings and decision to cut back to a single episode per week, firing the entire band seems like another attempt at a cost-cutting measure to keep Dancing with the Stars on the air longer.
The lack of Harold Wheeler and the band will likely be the only big change to the DWTS format for season 18. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet will be back, as will judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Anne Inaba.
Dancing with the Stars will premiere Monday, March 17 at 8pm on ABC.
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