Celebrities who could take Len Goodman's seat on the DWTS judging panel
Ryan announced his retirement after the season of Dancing with the Stars. Some celebrities may replace him as judges.
During the semifinals of Dancing With the Stars on November 14, 2022, some big announcements were made. Some of these announcements were good, while others were a bit sad. Professional dancer Witney Carson has announced she is expecting her second child, and lead judge Len Goodman says it will be his last season judging DWTS.
Len has been the chief judge of the dance competition since its inception in 2005. He took a brief break in season 29 due to travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Len returned for the next two DWTS seasons before announcing his departure. Now, with Len leaving the judges, the judges' seat will be vacated, and there are few celebrities who can replace Len as a judge on Dancing with the Stars.
Julianne Hough will not be the new name for DWTS, as she was a pro from seasons 4-8. She then took a break from the show before returning as a judge for seasons 19-24. She also has experience as a judge on America's Got Talent, so viewers won't be surprised if she returns to the DWTS jury.
Maksim 'Maks' Chmerkovskiy
Maksim 'Maks' Chmerkovskiy won't be a new face for Dancing With the Stars viewers either, as he has been a pro from seasons 2-26 and even got a mirror ball with his partner Meryl Davis in season 18 trophy. After season 25, Maks said he was done with DWTS pro, but he never ruled out a future return. In fact, he's returning as a judge on the Ukrainian version of the show in 2021, and viewers are eager to see him back on screen.
Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood is a name known to many Brits, as he has been a judge on Strictly Come Dancing since 2004. The show returns in 2019. So it won't be surprising if Craig jumps across the pond to take his former Strictly colleague's place.
When the show started, it followed the format of three judges on a DWTS panel, with the occasional guest judge sitting fourth. However, this all changed when Julianne was appointed a permanent judge During Season 19. Since then, it's been a staple of the show, though Len took several breaks throughout the season. However, some viewers liked the three-judge format and thought the show might return to it now that Len won't be returning.
Given that the Dancing With the Stars finale ends on November 21, 2022, fans said goodbye to Ryan during that episode. Many fans were sad to see him go, but he was respected by many, including Dancing with the Stars professionals. It's hard to find someone as knowledgeable as a dance master, and it's only a matter of time before a decision is made on the future of the jury.