Dancing with the Stars
didn't waste much time making a big change. After it was revealed that
long-time co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was let go on Friday
, now comes
news that her replacement has already been chosen: Erin Andrews.
Andrews, currently working as a broadcaster for FOX Sports, will pull double duty and add co-hosting DWTS
to her schedule starting with season 18. Like Brooke-Charvet, she's also a former DWTS
contestant, finishing third with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in season 10 (which, ironically, was the first season Burke-Charvet served as co-host).
She will be the show's fourth co-host. Lisa Canning served with regular host Tom Bergeron in season 1 and Samantha Harris replaced her for seasons 2-9. Then Brooke-Charvet took over for the past seven seasons. In addition, season 2 winner Drew Lachey briefly served as a co-host in season 5 when Harris was on maternity leave.
Along with Andres replacing Burke-Charvet, the Harold Wheeler Orchestra will be replaced in the upcoming season by new musical director Ray Chew and a smaller band, along with prerecorded music. Chew has served as a musical director for Showtime at the Apollo
, several BET Awards, the 2013 Emmy Awards and American Idol
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season 18 premieres Monday, March 17 at 8pm.(Image courtesy of ABC)