With a new season of Dancing With The Stars just around the corner, the hit series is looking for a new batch of celebs to duke it out over the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy! But before they find their cast, they might want to get the music situation figured out first!
The hit reality series has decided to part ways with its longtime musical director Harold Wheeler as well as the 28 members of his backing band, who provided live music throughout the competition!
ABC and BBC Worldwide released a statement on the decision, saying:
"Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck."
So no hard feelings, right? Not quite!
American Federation of Musicians' president Ray Hair spoke out about the show's decision to go with a smaller band as well as pre-recorded music and said it could end up costing them viewers:
"It's not like ABC and Disney don’t have any money and can't afford an orchestra. It's about the insatiable thirst for profits at the expense of music, art, and those who create it. Firing the band, using recordings, and hiring fewer musicians won't boost ratings. It will kill the show."
DWTS says they hope to attract a younger audience by using a smaller electric, but it does seem a bit strange that they would mix things up considering the show has been so successful WITH the band!
We guess we'll just have to wait and see if it has any effect on the show!
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