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Erin Andrews will replace Brooke Burke-Charvet as DWTS co-host

The new co-host of Dancing with the Stars is 10th-season third-place finalist Erin Andrews. ABC is expected to announce that tomorrow, three days after unceremoniously firing Brooke Burke-Charvet, who was surprised to be let go. USA TODAY’s Big Lead reports that “Andrews is not leaving Fox Sports” and “will continue her sports duties — sideline …

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DWTS hires Idol’s former music director, and will still have live musicians, singers

After firing band director Harold Wheeler and the live band earlier this week, Dancing with the Stars announced it has hired American Idol‘s former music director, Ray Chew, who will lead a group of “live musicians and singers.” So it did not actually drop a live band, which I praised it for doing earlier this …

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Dancing with the Stars smartly drops its live band

The live Dancing with the Stars band that has mangled so many songs over the show’s 17-season history has been fired along with its director, and will be replaced by pre-recorded music and some unknown configuration of live musicians. The ABC series began using pre-recorded music last season, which helped improve the show significantly. In …

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