After a barrage of questions about the controversy surrounding the outcome of “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC announced Wednesday that the new season will include a half-hour results show. The day of the results show hasn’t been scheduled yet, so it might not be the day after the competition show the way it is on “American Idol.”
The results episodes will allow the audience’s vote to be combined with the judges’ scores so that everyone is voting on the same dances, which wasn’t the case last season, when the audience voted on the previous week’s dances. This means that the eliminations will now come at the end of the results show.
As with the premiere season, each one-hour episode will feature the dancing pairs competing with two different dances, such as the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango or Jive, and the judges will give their scores and comments. Overnight, viewers will be able to vote by phone and on abc.com.
Sometime before the next week’s full episode, the 30-minute results show will reveal which couple received the lowest combined score and is eliminated from the competition. This includes the finale.
“We are so grateful for the fans’ passion for the show,” ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said. “We heard their frustrations loud and clear about the voting process, so we’re adding the results show, letting them have the fullest possible participation.”