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

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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Dancing with the Stars Names New Music Director

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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'DWTS': Baby News
'DWTS': The Final Three
Relive the Dances: Apr 7,2014

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2012 An Evening With Valerie Simpson in Memory of Nick Ashford TV Show Series, Music Director
2007 The Singing Bee TV Show Series, Conductor
2005 Dancing with the Stars TV Show Series, Music Director

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