Longtime “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman announced on November 14’s live show that he retiring at the end of season 31. Now a new report from The Sun says that one professional dancer feels they deserve to be the one replacing the outgoing judge.
Here’s what you need to know:
An Insider Said Cheryl Burke Was Disappointed Not to Get the Judges Spot That Went to Derek Hough
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When travel restrictions locked most of the world down during the pandemic, Goodman was unable to be a part of season 29, so the show asked retired pro Derek Hough, who last danced on the show in a competitve nature during season 23, to step in. When Goodman was able to return for season 30 and now season 31, the panel stayed with four judges.
An insider told The Sun that dancer Cheryl Burke was actually disappointed not to be offered that spot on the panel when Goodman couldn’t participate in season 29.
“To be clear, she is happy Derek got a judge’s slot. If anything, she would love to be up there alongside him giving out critiques,” said the source.
Cheryl Burke Reportedly Wants to Take Len Goodman’s Spot
The Sun’s source also said that Burke has “made it abundantly clear” to the producers that she is interested in taking Goodman’s spot and feels that she “deserves” it. Burke is the longest-tenured pro on the show — she has competed in 25 out of 31 seasons, more than any other pro dancer. She was also a mentor for the “Juniors” season.
There are other pros who have been on a lot of seasons, but the closest anyone comes to Burke’s number of competition seasons are Tony Dovolani with 21 and Mark Ballas with 20. Val Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff have danced on 18 seasons each, followed by Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough with 17 apiece, Kym Johnson Herjavec with 15, and Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess with 14 each.
So with that in mind, the insider told The Sun that Burke thinks she “deserves” the chance to be a judge.
“Cheryl has been dropping hints all season that this may be her final season on the show and she has made it abundantly clear now she wants to take Len’s …read more