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Dancing with the Stars: 9 Changes to Expect from Season 18

Dancing with the Stars

Last year, Dancing with the Stars reverted back to a one-night format for its 17th season, and as the reality competition heads into its 18th outing, even more big changes are on the way.

"When you're a show reaching its 18th season and its ninth year, I think you have to keep changing things up every so often just to make sure that the experience doesn't become too familiar," executive producer Conrad Green tells TVGuide.com. "It's spring, so it's time for a spring cleaning."

Check out nine big changes coming to Dancing with the Stars this season:

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returning to Dancing with the Stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars has certainly had plenty of shakeups leading up to Season 18, but at least one familiar face will be back in the ballroom — and we're not talking about new co-host Erin Andrews.

Professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy (who was Andrews' partner in Season 11) will return to the show after a two-season hiatus, a source close to the show has confirmed.

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Erin Andrews Replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet on Dancing with the Stars

Erin Andrews

Dancing with the Stars has already found a replacement for Brooke Burke-Charvet.

Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews will take over co-hosting duties on the reality dance competition alongside Tom Bergeron, People reports. read more

Brooke Burke-Charvet Fired from Dancing with the Stars

Brooke Burke-Charvet

Brooke Burke-Charvet has been cut from Dancing with the Stars, she revealed on Twitter.

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Dancing with the Stars Names New Music Director

Dancing with the Stars

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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Dancing with the Stars Parts Ways with Band Leader After 17 Seasons

Jack Osbourne, Cheryl Burke

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... read more

Backstage at Dancing with the Stars: Music Man Spills Secrets

Apolo Anton Ohno, Dancing with the Stars

It was a jaw-dropping semifinal, the best in the four-season history of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Apolo Anton Ohno, Laila Ali, Joey Fatone and Ian Ziering on Monday night each pulled off grand finale-quality dances — and earned multiple "10s" from the judges — like it was no big deal to polish two entirely different routines. Plus, the routines themselves were longer: a minute and 15 seconds last week, one minute and 30 seconds this week.  The dances' length is not a question of keeping head judge read more

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