Dancing with the Stars has named former American Idol bandleader Ray Chew as the show's new music director and composer, ABC announcedFriday.
Chew's band, featuring new musicians and singers, will make their debut on the Season 18 premiere Monday, March 17 at 8/7c.
"Live music is the lifeblood of DWTS and we couldn't be more excited to be working with Ray and his talented band. Ray is one of the most versatile and dynamic musicians working today. It promises to be a spectacular season," Dancing executive producer Conrad Green said in a statement.
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The music has stopped on Dancing with the Stars, at least temporarily. The reality show has parted ways with its longtime band leader Harold Wheeler, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wheeler, who has been with the show since its inception, will take his 28-member group of musicians and singers with him. "Our talented Music Director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Since Season One, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for...
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