Fans of ABC's dancing competition Dancing With the Stars have already had to reckon with a number of major changes as the series enter Season 29. On Tuesday, ABC revealed that another major change is headed their way, with former pro dancer Derek Hough set to join the judge's table as longtime head judge Len Goodman takes a step back, earning a variety of reactions from viewers.
This latest shakeup, which follows on the heels of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews' abrupt departures, is largely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. New host Tyra Banks had previously revealed that coronavirus travel restrictions were complicating Goodman's return, something that ABC all but confirmed Tuesday with their announcement. Goodman, however, will not be completely absent from the series, as he will be weighing in from the U.K. Hough, a six-time Mirrorball trophy winner, is ecstatic to be taking on a new role, exclaiming in a statement that "coming back feels like coming home and I couldn't be more excited to be back in the ballroom."
Having last appeared on the series during Season 23, fans were just as excited as Hough is over news of his return. Just minutes after DWTS made the announcement, fans of the series flocked to social media to react.
BEST NEWS— Adri. (@bookswift) September 8, 2020
I am so happy that you are returning to #DWTS— Edward Sanchez (@edwardistheman) September 8, 2020
Wahoooooo my boys back in the ballroom ☆ The One & Only @derekhough Thrilled you will be a judge on @DancingABC what forever fans need now ♡ esp after @Tom_Bergeron leaving @Dance10Hayley check out Palo in background of my pic lol #DerekHoughToTheRescue #1FanForOverADecade pic.twitter.com/NDTW2ktP76— Deana (@Mommyof4boysD) September 8, 2020
head judge derek hough I know thats right ☝️ pic.twitter.com/xXnfjjhRho— Kalyn (@missdayagaga) September 8, 2020
@derekhough is back as a judge!!!! Crazy excited been waiting for this one for a while— ¹ᴰAdrianna ²⁸ ᶻ△ᴴ (@Adri2993) September 8, 2020
anyways im about to turn into a derek hough stan account if y’all dont mind pic.twitter.com/3eIcK4JV9r— muna | #1 tberj stan (@chigvintsen) September 8, 2020
What !!! Damn I fully intended not to watch but I love me some Derek 😬 ..... maybe pic.twitter.com/E7u0sZyr70— Stacie H (@darkangel247) September 8, 2020
Derek and Tyra Banks this is going to be EPIC 🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/iWC6P6bOUV— Ray of Sunshine (@Made_moi_selle8) September 8, 2020