Season 15 of Dancing With the Stars is back Monday night with its first “All-Stars” version, and fans cannot wait for it to get started. Because all thirteen celebrities have danced on the show before, with most of them being top three finishers, the expectations for quality and technique are high. News just came out that to account for this, ABC has made a big change to their scoring system for the judges.
Zap2It’s TV by the Numbers shares the big news. For the first time ever, judges will be able to award half points. For example, pairs can now be scored with a 7.5, 8.5 or 9.5 in addition to the traditional 1-10. Executive Producer Conrad Green explains, “With the standard of dancing so high and the qualities of our stars so closely matched, we thought it would help the judges to be able to make finer distinctions between performances this season.”
Fans will surely think this is a fantastic addition to the season. Viewers have often gotten frustrated in the past with the judges overscoring or underscoring celebrities, and many have wondered if the scoring would feel more accurate and consistent this season. With six returning winners and many top three finishers, adding in half point scores should give the judges greater flexibility in differentiating the talent gracing the stage this season.
What do you think of this Dancing With the Stars change for “All-Stars”? Do you think it’ll help ease what has frustrated viewers oftentimes in seasons past?