Is Dancing With the Stars Getting a New Judge Next Season?!

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Is Dancing With the Stars getting a new judge?!

Two seasons ago, the ABC reality hit decided to shake things up by adding former pro and fan-favorite Julianne Hough to the judging panel, where she joined the original line-up of Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. And now, another professional dancer is looking to make the switch!

“I would love to judge,” longtime pro Tony Dovolani told E! News  backstage at Sway: A Dance Trilogy. “If that’s the call they make, I would accept it graciously and happily.”

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Tony is confident he’d “bring something to the table,” as he’s “been on the show for 19 seasons.” (He joined DWTS in its second season and has competed every season since.)

“I’ve been partnered with so many different celebrities,” he said. “I have a lot of knowledge of what they go through. I’d judge fairly.”

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Of course, he then made a joke about Julianne possibly being biased in her critiques as her brother Derek Hough competes on the show. “Also, I don’t have any siblings out there so therefore I’d be a lot more fair than anybody else,” he joked.

For now though, Tony is just looking to “spend as much time with the family as possible” over the summer before DWTS returns for its 21st season. “I’m looking forward to seeing who they’re partnering me up with,” he said. 

Dancing With the Stars returns this fall to ABC. 

—Reporting by Beth Sobol

Would you want to see Tony make the transition from dancer to judge on DWTS? Sound off in the comments!

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