Julianne Hough will be Dancing with the Stars’ fourth judge

Dancing with the Stars will add a fourth judge this season: former cast member Julianne Hough.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all return, even though the show probably could have benefitted from replacing one of them. But change is scary; see Randy Jackson’s perpetual role on American Idol. Then again, Idol also offers a lesson in how hard it is to find a judging panel with chemistry.

In ABC’s press release, which says Julianne “became a household name as a two-time professional champion … before making a seamless transition into music and film,” she says,

“I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. … I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”

The show’s new executive producer, Rob Wade, said her “blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show.”

The celebrity cast will be announced Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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