Andrew Llinares Exits As Executive Producer Of “Dancing With The Stars” After 5 Seasons

The Dancing with the Stars ballroom is about to get another makeover: Executive Producer Andrew Llinares has parted ways with Dancing with the Stars after 5 seasons, according to Deadline.

What’s Happening:

  • Though the show has yet to receive an official greenlight for the 31st season, Deadline hears that DWTS is already looking for Llinares’ replacement.
  • Llinares joined Dancing With The Stars in 2018 ahead of the all-athletes Season 26 but parted ways after season 30, which featured one of the most exciting finales in some time. Though JoJo Siwa was favored to win, Iman Shumpert became the first-ever NBA winner of the mirror ball trophy. Yet the season was still down 18 percent in viewers (6 million versus 7.3 million) and 25 percent in adults 18-49 (.9 versus 1.2) versus the prior year.
  • Llinares oversaw big changes on the aging franchise, including the decision to replace Tom Bergeron with Tyra Banks before season 29 and losing Erin Andrews as a partner-in-crime on stage.
  • He also had the unenviable task of producing the show during the pandemic, which meant filming DWTS without a studio audience. One of the more memorable moments during season 30 was when Cheryl Burke and her partner Cody Rigsby contracted COVID-19, but still were allowed to compete via Zoom.
  • The show remains an important player to ABC though its days of raking in huge profits are over. Banks has polarized viewers with her awkward banter and indulgent gowns. Her grand entrances also replaced the traditional opening numbers, which didn’t go over well with the pros who were already miffed by the show’s decision to zhuzh up the performances with fancy lighting and busy backdrops.
  • Dancing With The Stars, if ordered for a 31st season, is expected to return in the fall.