'Dancing With the Stars' Downsizing: Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and More Cast Members React

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Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and others tell Life & Style how they feel about 'Dancing With the Stars' downsizing next season.


Even though Dancing With the Stars just aired its 300th episode, ABC has revealed they are downsizing TV’s biggest dancing competition in future seasons.

Instead of two nights a week, the network plans to condense the show’s airtime to one two-hour block on Monday nights. 

We talked to a ton of DWTS personalities about their reactions regarding the changes. Here’s what they had to say:

Derek Hough: I’m at two minds about it. I think we could make it work and it will be fantastic - the same show just a lot bigger. I think that's exciting. I will miss being able to do certain special performances because of the time, but I will enjoy the extra day to rehearse for the Monday show.

Cheryl Burke: It’s obviously sad because we’ve been going twice a week for the past 16 seasons. But I think it’s going to be a great change; it’ll keep people interested in the show. You’re going to see lots of entertainment, competitors and an elimination every single Monday. It’s basically a three hour show packed into one [two-hour] show and I think it’s going to keep people wanting more, which is what we’re trying to do.

Peta Murgatroyd: I think it's a good move and I'm being positive about it. I think jam packing everything into two hours is going to be beneficial for us. We may actually get a younger crowd watching the show and it's going to be a lot more exciting. We will have different dancers and an elimination on the same night. It should just be more thrilling to watch.

Bruno Tonioli: We did it with one night in the beginning. But I’ve done the UK show and I’ve done the Australia show and it’s always on two nights. In some territories, sometimes the results show is pre-recorded - depending on the time - but it has been done. Usually the format is that the second day the axe will swing, so you’ll get a double whammy.

Tony Dovolani: I was shocked at first, but I think our show is so incredible and Monday is such a strong show, that if we bring it all together, it may be even more amazing. When we have two hours of contestants and results at the same time, I think it will make the show more exciting.

But for now, we still have a winner to crown this season! Tune in tonight to see the final four - Zendaya, Kellie Pickler, Jacoby Jones and Aly Raisman - battle it out at 8 pm on ABC.

What do you think of the new DWTS format?

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