Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, And Bruno Tonioli Discuss How Dancing With The Stars Has Evolved And More
The AP recently interviewed Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli about Dancing With The Stars, how it’s evolved, and more. Here’s a snippet….
Carrie Ann Inaba: We were harder. The first five seasons we were pretty tough.
Tonioli: But at the same time the show has evolved. The dances have gotten better. The kids have learned how to teach. It’s harder to judge because creatively they are extraordinary.
Hough: You have to learn how to be a choreographer and a teacher and a therapist (laughter.) It’s a craft. It really is.
AP: Is it ever difficult when you judge a performance and you’re honest about not liking something, but you make one of the pros angry and you see they’re venting about it in rehearsals?
Tonioli: (The pros) have been very unfair in kind of their reaction to Julianne because the first thing, it’s never personal. It really isn’t. And they know the gig. It’s never a personal attack on a performer.
Hough: I think the hardest part is we can have an opinion but to articulate it in a way that’s honest yet encouraging at the same time in 20 seconds can be difficult.
Inaba: It’s understandable for them to take it personally sometimes. They’ve worked really hard. There’s a lot of pressure on them. They’re sort of the lifeline for the celebrity. At the end of the season everyone ends up feeling good and we are a family on the show and sometimes families don’t get along.
AP: Last season fellow judge Len Goodman took some time off and there were a number of guest judges. Will that happen again?
Inaba: No guest judges this season.
Tonioli: It’s much better. There’s four of us … we all know each other and respect each other. As nice as some of these guest judges are it interrupts some sort of flow.
To read the full interview, visit the AP. Thanks Lori for the heads up!!
ETA: If you’d like to watch them on Extra, see this link. I love the moves they do!!